The Zen Barn by Christopher Simmonds Architect is a house in a historic Ottawa neighborhood. It achieved LEED Platinum for houses standing whereas maximizing on an informal, fashionable fashion. The second story is cantilevered over the primary story to shade it from the solar, whereas a recessed courtyard permits for giant home windows on the south for passive photo voltaic heating. All of this work is invisible, with a lightweight, easy and tranquil impact to the ultimate dwelling.
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“The linear composition of this up to date house is interrupted by the vertical volumes of sunshine wells, the steps and the courtyard,” the architect mentioned. “The ensuing interpenetration of views, gentle and area alongside the south aspect of the house creates sturdy indoor-outdoor connections. The constructing’s orientation permits passive photo voltaic publicity on the east, west and south sides throughout winter months.”
White lacquer and stained ash cabinetry create a way of ease and movement by way of the interconnected kitchen, dwelling and eating areas. The inside is shiny, clear as a heat and alluring household area. There are three ranges to the house for a complete of two,300 sq. toes. However, the house retains a welcoming sense of intimacy by way of using heat woods within the kitchen, eating room and front room.
The lengthy and lean exterior is clad with reclaimed white oak barn boards and allows most pure daylight. Paired with sharp angles and glass balconies, the Zen Barn is what each stress-free and formal dwelling areas could be. The dwelling has a rain bathe, floating vanities and an open staircase that enables for gentle to movement from each angle across the central axis of the house.
The Zen Barn achieved an EnerGuide ranking achieved of 82, 10 factors increased than what’s required by the Ontario Building Code.
Photography by Peter Fritz