We all know you cannot fit a square peg into a round hole. But what about a square peg into an even smaller square box? This is precisely what architectural firm rzlbd did with Tetris Property, a modern dream property in a Toronto, Ontario neighborhood. Taking a 4,000 square foot program the firm previously made for one more client, and functioning it into a 3,000 square foot structure, this dwelling–inspired by the iconic Tetris video game–becomes a most efficient utilization of space.
An intended method, the facade reads as a mixed bag of materials–timber, steel, brick and slate–which all fit collectively, piece-by-piece like a constructing-block puzzle.
The single-family property encompasses 3 stories, sitting on a restricted lot sized at only 40’ x 110’. This was the upfront challenge, especially considering that the household requested open spaces and lots of them. Within this footprint are 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, two laundry rooms, guest area, residence office, wine cellar and a separate entertainment zone. Yes, actually!
What’s fascinating about this narrow property inserted among two exisiting residences, is its potential to draw in organic light, not just from the rear wall of windows, but via the vertical light shaft created by integrating glass floor panels in the primary living area. Not only is this a fresh notion, but it creates a distinctively cool knowledge for dwellers when walking upon it.
Also in the open space is a 55-foot lengthy built-in unit of white lacquered cabinetry extending from the front of the house to the rear, alternating function but not kind. For instance, at the entranceway the shelving meshes with an workplace, connecting to the kitchen as cabinetry and storage, then on to residence the fireplace in the living space. One solid, streamlined concept working its wonders in various capacities–such brilliant design and style.
In the kitchen, the recessed black ceiling becomes the top portion of a correct angle formed by a floating partition wall of the identical midnight hue. This segregation of space makes it possible for for a bit of privacy in the kitchen, even though also creating a wall of interest displaying a snow- white modern artwork.
The kitchen zone transitions to the dining and living regions by ascending a single step, where the floor plan expands horizontally, exposing the gardens by means of the wood-framed glass windows and doors. Minimalist furnishings in organized arrangements of black and white are bold in the space, a rich contrast to the all-natural wood flooring.
Tetris House is a contemporary dream property, compact in design and style, but sprawling with innovation.