Counterpoint House

Counterpoint House

Architect
PAUL RAFF STUDIO
Location
Toronto, Canada | View Map
Category
Private Houses
Ben Rahn/A-Frame

COUNTERPOINT HOUSE

PAUL RAFF STUDIO as Architects

Situated on a narrow lot in a leafy neighborhood, Counterpoint House is a lofty, light-filled home. It is designed to be environmentally responsible and ideally configured for the function and flow of daily life.

photo_credit Steve Tsai
Steve Tsai
photo_credit Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Designed for a family who desired open, interconnected living spaces, it also maximizes a sense of connection to the garden, trees, and sky.

photo_credit Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Ben Rahn/A-Frame

 

photo_credit Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Ben Rahn/A-Frame

The upper level is set back from the street face which allows an expansive south-facing clerestory window to flood the middle of the house with natural light. A fine screen of aluminium slats veils the upper level. The screen acts as a solar reflector allowing sunlight to bounce in and shower the interiors with a lovely glow and a dynamic pattern of reflections.

photo_credit Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Ben Rahn/A-Frame
photo_credit Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Art and architecture critic John Bentley Mays said the project was thoughtful and uplifting. He wrote: “Counterpoint House (is) an apt name, as it turns out, since the composition is a disciplined harmonic whole fashioned from closely rhyming elements.” Text by Paul Ruff Studio

photo_credit Paul Raff Studio
Paul Raff Studio
photo_credit Paul Raff Studio
Paul Raff Studio
photo_credit Paul Raff Studio
Paul Raff Studio
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