What an honor! The Flip Flop House was selected for September’s House of The Month by Architectural Record Magazine. We have entered another league today. Follow the link to read more.
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.
Above 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.
And of course, the glass stair is completely done! On the ground floor we have exposed concrete floors and board formed concrete walls. In 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.Along the side of the stair is a tall, two story wall of glass, it continues onto the roof as a skylight.
We would like to share a piece of art today, made by the fantastically talented Lynette Jackson. She has been following our beach work for quite some time, and has recently commissioned a serious collage of the Flip Flop House. Simply stunning. She said that the red was actually inspired by the neighboring Code Red House. The geometric shapes and framing are really inspiring. Check out her website, and we are seriously excited by her works to come. Archdaily did a feature on her iPhone architectural photography, have a look: archdaily
This week marks the first view of the stairs without any of the floor protection. We are doing final adjustments in the coming weeks, but below are a few photos of the final product.
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:
We had a custom fabricated stainless steel fireplace box made for the master bedroom. (below) Stair atrium, great time of day to get the beautiful streak of light.
And 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.
And finally, the kitchen. All the cabinets are by Downsview, counters by Caesarstone, fixtures by Dorn Bracht, and appliances by Miele