Front To Back Infill By Colizza Bruni Architecture

Colizza Bruni Architecture have made a semi-detached residence in Ottawa, Canada.



Front to back infill is an animated, front to back semi-detached which boasts 2 modest but spacious light-filled houses. The style was a collaboration of 2 architects, each creating 1 of the properties, and working with each other to fuse the 2 patterns seamlessly into one one more. The strategy was to situate the 2 residences front to back instead of the standard side to side. One property would face the street and engage the public realm, whilst the other would inhabit the private realm of the rear yard. Each unit is developed to consider benefit of its exclusive position on the internet site resulting in 2 special houses with their own distinctive character and persona.

The challenge for this project was to layout 2 tiny and reasonably priced houses for 2 separate owners on a narrow 25’ x 80’ great deal slotted amongst current homes. The new front to back semi permitted every owner to maintain separate ownership and split the land expense to make the task cost-effective. The use of economical resources and basic specifics were crucial to creating a contextual design as effectively as preserving an cost-effective budget.

The internet site is situated on the edge of a operating class neighbourhood and steps from the Parkdale Farmer’s Industry in Ottawa’s local community of Hintonburg. The neighbourhood is made up of modest 19th century worker’s houses interspersed with remnants of light industrial buildings which influenced the formal gestures and materiality inspiring a dialogue between the semi and its context.

Sustainability begins with the choice to style 2 modest compact houses in lieu of one particular massive residence. The front to back semi enables for an improve in 2 new cost-effective residences in a sustainable community and promotes accountable development in a compact walkable urban center.

The major form of the developing began as a straightforward 3 storey box at the rear of the whole lot (the back unit) with a second box grafted onto the front (the front unit). The front box was raised on stilts to permit for parking and a separate access to the back unit. It was then sculpted and fragmented to reflect the proportions of the present homes. The 2 properties have been wrapped with metal and plywood inspired by the site’s industrial context.

From the ground floor degree of the front unit, stairs rise in front of a floor-to-ceiling window and requires you up to the principal residing level raised 1 storey above the street. On the major residing degree, a totally glazed south wall opens onto a huge cantilevered terrace delivering an interstitial space between the private realm of the home and the public realm of the street. Sculptural cabinets wrap the living area, sinking down to act as a low commode as they pass the dining region, 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 area.

The rear unit celebrates the integrity of its 3 storey box with a dramatic double volume area that connects the kitchen and dining spot on the first floor with the residing room mezzanine on the second floor to make a single continuous and playful room with visual connections and numerous vantage points. Massive windows fill the double volume room making it possible for significant northwest light to animate the room with a number of shadows on the sculptural white walls. Simple cantilevered maple stairs connect the 3 amounts of the property behind a metal veil that subtly screens the stair from the rest of the property. The room focusing minimalist firebox in the mezzanine rests on a raised concrete hearth maintaining the textures and materiality of the kitchen under.

Architects: Colizza Bruni Architecture Inc. / James Colizza & Anthony Bruni
Photography: Peter Fritz

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