23.2 House by Omer Arbel

23.2 House by Omer Arbel

Architects: Omer Arbel
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Year: 2010
Photo courtesy: Nick Ledoux

23.2 is a house for a family, based on a substantial country grounds. There is a tender incline from east to west and two masses of old development backwoods characterizing two “open air rooms” each with an its own particular unmistakable biology and states of light; the house is arranged at the purpose of most extreme pressure in the middle of these two situations, and in that capacity demonstrations without a moment’s delay to characterize the two as unmistakable, furthermore to offer an engaged move between them.


The outline of the house itself started, as a state of takeoff, with a store of one hundred year old Douglas Fir pillars recovered from a progression of crushed distribution centers. The bars were of diverse lengths and cross sectional measurements, and had surprising extents—some the length of 20 meters, some as profound as 90 cm.


It was concurred that the pillars were holy ancient rarities in their present state and that we would not control them or completion them in any capacity. Since the bars were of distinctive lengths and sizes, we expected to focus on a geometry that would have the capacity to suit the huge assortment in measurement, while as yet permitting the likelihood of describing readable spaces. We settled on a triangular geometry.


Recovered shafts were utilized to amass triangular edges; these were collapsed to make a rooftop which would go about as an auxiliary manufactured scene, which we hung over the tender incline of the site. We controlled the wrinkles to make understood and unequivocal connections in the middle of indoor and open air space, such that each inside room had a relating outside room.


Keeping in mind the end goal to boost vagueness in the middle of inside and outside space, we evacuated meaning of one critical corner of every room by pulling the structure once again from the corner itself (utilizing bowed steel segments as a part of a few cases), and presenting an accordion entryway framework, such that the whole façade on both sides could withdraw and totally vanish.


We added to a subtle element that would permit the bars to characterize the ceilingscape of every inside room, as well as to peruse firmly as components of the building façade.

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