the offset house by JA architecture + arta design & build the offset house by JA architecture + arta design & build
oct 22, 2012

the offset house by JA architecture + arta design & build

‘the offset house’ by JA architecture studio

looking at ways to capture light on an east-west lot by splitting and offsetting the second floor of a narrow and deep infill house, toronto-based JA architecture studio and arta design & build have palced two levels in a section to become an opening for ample lighting to flood the main floor. the plan becomes a void that allows a straight cascading staircase to pass through, where the elevation separates the half storey volumes. defining the entry to create a distance between the southern face of the top volume and the neighbor, two cozy exterior spaces become present for the lower second floor as the result of this volumetric shift. ultimately, the house constantly changes mood and character by the changing qualities of illumination during the day.

  view from the north

  close up shot of the entrance

the kitchen

the upstairs corridor, the reading nook and the south light

the living space and the deck

view from the deck inside

shot of the living space and the straight cascading stair

  conceptual sketch depicting the split and offset

  model shots longitudinal section

short sections

project info:

title: sabz boutique building project architect(s): JA architecture studio and ARTA design and build location: toronto, ontario, canada structural design: blackwell bowick partnership ltd. project area: approx. 2000 sqf project year: 2012

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  • This is gorgeous! You have doen an incredible job with this home. The wood elements are warm, subtle and blend well into each space. Love how you kept the walls clean and simple. LOVE the outside shutters. WOW..really really well done.


    marcie says:

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