Designed for a couple of entrepreneurs with a fast-pace life, The Aldo House by Prototype Design Lab is an impressive residence located in Southern Ontario, Canada. According to the architects, the project is “broken into 3 slipping volumes of varying heights and lengths, staggered to respond to site and programmatic conditions. Each one is clad with a different material to hint at its interior function: cumaru wood planks, white quartz and custom, diamond-shaped corten steel panels.” A living moss wall and a bamboo garden is visually pulled into the inner spaces through a wooden deck, thus blurring the indoor-outdoor boundaries.
Probably the most striking feature of the design, a large atrium, runs the full length of the house: “It is through this space that one first enters, via a patterned-brass screen. The focus of the atrium is a suspended, sculptural stair that runs parallel to an interior bamboo garden. The risers are solid walnut wood, and protrude seamlessly from a patterned wall punctured with sculptural, cast-aluminum recesses.” The 20-foot kitchen island is the heart of day-to-day life, providing space for informal gatherings, buffet-style meals, cooking and homework. Colorful and fresh in every way, this house in Canada is an open invite to relaxation and entertainment.
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