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Atelier RZLBD

“Totem House” Project

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The evolution of design was a simple geometrical obsession with squares and grids. Starting with ten 10’ x 10’ squares carefully assembled on the linear site, logical modules were then dedicated to essential rooms in the house. A totem is sculptures within a sculpture. The totem in Totem House is a vertical gallery that exhibits clients’ souvenirs from around the world; each piece has been carefully measured and placed in a designated niche inside the Tower. The exterior of the house is a monolithic charcoal brick mass. Two small blocks on the north and south facade of this perfect mass have been extracted and cladded with wood. The small wooden corner creates an interesting deception where one imagines the wood to be the core material of the brick mass, like a bitten apple exposing the colour of its flesh.

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Meet the Creator

Atelier RZLBD is a boutique art & architecture practice based in Toronto founded by architect Reza Aliabadi (OAA, MRAIC); whose work extends to making arts, crafting objects, designing buildings, curating installations, and publishing a zine called rzlbdPOST.

The practice is not just an ordinary operation that serves, rather like a positive virus, it contributes, communicates, challenges, and adapts itself to the needs of each project and its context.

Our work has been distinguished with numerous accolades including the Architecture Master Prize (2018, 2019), American Architecture Prize (2017) and Ontario Association of Architects Awards (2009, 2011); exhibited in many venues including the Sir John Soane’s Museum (London 2018), the World Architecture Festival (Berlin 2017, Amsterdam 2018), the School of Architecture at McGill University (Montreal 2009, 2017), and Toronto Harbourfront Centre (2012); also celebrated in more than 100 print publications.

In 2017 Atelier RZLBD has been selected among the top emerging design talents in Canada. In the same year, the UK publisher Artifice released a monograph, RZLBD HOPSCOTCH, which recognizes the past seven years of Reza’s practice by collecting essays, project profiles, and annotated drawings.