Category Archives: Code Red House

Code Red: Design Diagram Movie

We made a fun and informational video of the main design ideas for Code Red House.  Check it out below.  You can see how the geometries were formulated, and the spaces create within a very tight infill lot on the beach.  It took just a few slices, pushes and pulls to a simple three story cube to get a lot of light to pour into all the key spaces.

Code Red – White Space

Brought out the new Sony A7r with a Canon 16-35mm lens to my site visit and just had a great time.  It was the first time that nobody was around, and the architecture spoke instead of the construction.

The main floor of the house is rooted by the long linear “active wall”.  The north facing wall starts at the living room, with the long linear fireplace and built in TV, and continues through the kitchen all the wall towards the dining room.  At each location there is a play of positive and negative space as well as a juxtaposition of black and white.
DSC00211DSC00130 DSC00133DSC00218Above is the long kitchen island with integrated Miele appliances behind.  As a first, we have a Miele wine fridge too.  A key element is also the long, linear clerestory window.  It efficiently lights up the ceiling, and thus bouncing light deep into the space.

The view below is from thew top floor office.  From here one can look down into the dining room, but most importantly, it acts as a light well.  Due to the nature of the tight lot, we wanted to afford as much natural light as possible.  There are actually two very large skylights that let in an immense amount of light.
DSC00144 DSC00205 DSC00145And of course, the glass stair is completely done!  On the ground floor we have exposed concrete floors and board formed concrete walls.  DSC00222DSC00224DSC00192In the top and bottom views you can get a glimpse of the private master bedroom deck.  This alcove really affords great views while also maximizing privacy.DSC00197Along the side of the stair is a tall, two story wall of glass, it continues onto the roof as a skylight.

Code Red: White Space

This week we have some pretty close to completion photos.  So proud of this project, it is filled with surprises throughout.  Let’s go through the spaces.

Art Studio / Office:
DSC01391 DSC01386We had a custom fabricated stainless steel fireplace box made for the master bedroom.  (below) DSC01389 DSC01388Stair atrium, great time of day to get the beautiful streak of light.
DSC01379DSC01378And of course, we return to the actual stair.  Today they installed the remaining pieces of glass, and are currently working on the stainless steel handrail.  Can’t wait to see it all done, and to remove the brown paper protection.  The beautiful glass work is done by Edden Glass.
DSC01363-sqDSC01362DSC01345DSC01346DSC01359And finally, the kitchen.  All the cabinets are by Downsview, counters by Caesarstone, fixtures by Dorn Bracht, and appliances by Miele
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