Fold Place, LineBox Studio
Canadian Architects LineBox Studio, based in Ottawa and Toronto are the architects behind this contemporary infill home in Glebe, Ottawa.
The clients for this home were keen to partake in the modern urban lifestyle afforded by living in the area, and wanted to reflect this within the design. The flowing open spaces, set in a chic, contemporary framework were designed by architect Andrew Reeves to make the most of the space provided whilst meeting the wishes of the client.
The internal spaces of the home have been designed to create a continuous, connected feeling with the residence, both vertically through the floors as well as horizontally from front to back.
Inside, an animated “folding” of space creates horizontal and vertical fluidity and interconnectedness. The largely white walled and simply detailed interior rotates around two totemic elements centred on the west and east elevations of the house. One is a sculpted staircase whose ebony strained treads without risers seem almost to float. The other is a light chimney, a countering void marked by a soaring opaque window spilling light onto an interior garden at its foot. These elements also serve to separate the kitchen/dining area from the living room but without impeding a sense of openness, LineBox Studio.
The success of the design lies in the scope of its ambition to not only become a part of the community, but to engage with it and encourage this open, urban environment to blossom. The home is representative of the attitude of the residence, a mantra to openness and connectivity.