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Architecture by Atelier RZLBD seen at Private Residence, Toronto - Opposite House
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Opposite House

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The Opposite House is a spacious live-work space for a young professional couple, designed with a possibility of a growing family in mind. Despite its massive size (146-feet long, as long as an Airbus A321) it feels quite human in scale. Both outside and in, the Opposite House is at once familiar yet different, spectacular yet comfortable, private as well as public – presenting a study in subtly rendered juxtapositions. It emerges lightly from the ground, becoming part of the undisturbed landscape. The structure’s conceptual formation and the program are centred around the dynamic interplay of the opposites: the contrast between the north (servant) and the south (served), rendered in black/white, textured/smooth, closed/open, opaque/transparent, and shadow/light.

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Atelier RZLBD

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.