Glebe Residence by Batay-Csorba Architects

By Magaly • 34 mins in the past

Glebe Residence is a private residence found in Ottawa, Canada.

It was designed by Batay-Csorba Architects.


Glebe Residence by Batay-Csorba Architects:

“Canadian based practice Batay Csorba Architects have recently completed the Glebe Residence, a complete interior renovation and addition to the 1890’s construction in Ottawa, Canada. The 2 story present rectilinear brick massing was retained providing a direct reference to its past, even though a new third story and 3 story rear addition clad in contrasting black metal panels cantilever and pivot all around an present historic sugar maple tree found on the website.

The conflict between the essential additional plan and the limitations imposed by the current tree and website setbacks produce a massing that employs the tree as a central pivot for the shifting geometry, creating a series of diagonally cantilevered masses. The relationship between the residence and the tree is facilitated by way of a series of ever changing oblique relationships and views such that each and every area develops it very own special connection with the specimen tree.

The lack of sectional continuity of the classic Victorian typology is challenged by penetrating the volume with a series of interconnected voids, producing light shafts and visual relationships among rooms usually separated. The 3 story voids, even though enabling interaction and views among all 3 floors, also produce a normal chimney impact for passive ventilation which terminates with a series of solar powered operable skylights.

A massive void is carved out from the exterior envelope on the third floor generating an introverted private roof garden situated off the master suite. The 9 foot high walls enable privacy, block wind and offer a shaded refuge all through the seasons.”

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Pictures by: Doublespace Photography & courtesy of Batay-Csorba Architects

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