Despite the sheer quantity of domiciles out there, few will challenge you to rethink domestic architecture on a more abstract scale.
But Toronto’s Moore Park Residence by Drew Mandel Architects serves as a prime example of a simplistic, yet hypnotic, modeling of space, where the highlighted design elements become the voids, created through careful sculpting of an architectural space.
Here, negative geometric spaces are carved out and repeated throughout the residence, adding to a visual design cohesiveness.
Although the dwelling is a far cry from the conventional 1920s single-family vernacular of this downtown Toronto neighbourhood, this infill house was carefully integrated into the existing urban fabric, garnering an Ontario Association Of Architects (OAA) award in 2014 in the category of Design Excellence.
What qualified it for such an award was not merely the creativity and sustainability, but also the successful process of consultation with neighbors, design review groups and city officials.
The geometric non-space features sharp outlines, while adding intrigue to the articulation of space.
The stairwell wall is split horizontally with a niche-like non-space.
The theme of voids in the kitchen is featured repetitively through cabinet details, while the geometric pattern is mimicked in the division of the window openings.
I love the textural interplay of the grey interior design elements.
Offering a twist on convention, this well-executed residence showcases how thoughtful creativity can elevate domestic life!
Did this house fill a void in your heart, like it did mine?
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All Images Courtesy Of Ben Rahn / A:Frame
Researched and Written by Angelina Sangulin, Undergraduate Art History, Human Geography and Urban Studies, University of British Columbia