Three Story Contemporary Residence
Here is the Three Story Contemporary Residence by Colizza Bruni Architecture, James Colizza & Anthony Bruni. Front to Back Infill location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with Project Area: 111 sqm. Two homes front to back instead of the traditional side to side. One home would face the street and engage the public realm, while the other would inhabit the private realm of the rear yard. From the entry of the front unit, metal stairs rise in front of a floor to ceiling window to the primary living space raised one storey above the street. Sculptural cabinets wrap the living space, sinking down to act as a low commode as they pass the dining area, then morph seamlessly into the raised hearth of the minimalist fireplace box. Sunlight is an active component with carefully placed windows to capture sun at different times while floor-to-ceiling glass panels separate the kitchen from the stairwell and further maximize transparency.
According the architect: three story contemporary residence ground floor level of the front unit, stairs rise in front of a floor-to-ceiling window and takes you up to the primary living level raised 1 storey above the street. On the main living level, a fully glazed south wall opens onto a large cantilevered terrace providing an interstitial space between the private realm of the house and the public realm of the street. Sculptural cabinets wrap the living space, sinking down to act as a low commode as they pass the dining area, then morph seamlessly into the raised hearth of the minimalist fireplace box. Sheets of transparent glass separate the stairs (both entry and upper) allowing light from the third floor skylight to wash the walls and enliven the space.
Three Story Contemporary Residence by Colizza Bruni Architecture
The rear unit celebrates the integrity of its 3 storey box with a dramatic double volume space that connects the kitchen and dining area on the first floor with the living room mezzanine on the second floor to make one continuous and playful space with visual connections and multiple vantage points. Large windows fill the double volume space allowing substantial northwest light to animate the space with multiple shadows on the sculptural white walls. Simple cantilevered maple stairs connect the three levels of the home behind an elegant metal veil that subtly screens the stair from the rest of the house. The room focusing minimalist firebox in the mezzanine rests on a raised concrete hearth maintaining the textures and materiality of the kitchen below. The front to back infill is a unique concept for the traditional semi-detached home and an innovative way to increase density on a narrow infill lot. Now look the three story contemporary residence by Colizza Bruni architecture with picture below:
Photographs: Peter Fritz