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Foldplace contemporary-exterior


Ottawa’s vibrant Glebe neighborhood stretches across the southern downtown edge of Canada’s National Capital. Its houses run the spectrum from prominent, architect designed heritage residences to modest, tightly packed workers’ homes from the early 20th century. Fold Place replaces on of the latter houses on a street boarded on its south by the open profile of Lansdowne Park and its Aberdeen Pavilion, one of North America’s few surviving Crystal Palace-style domed exhibition halls.

The clients, professionals committed to the community’s casual urban lifestyle, asked Andrew Reeves for open, flowing spaces in which simplicity would make modest dimensions seem bigger. Reeves, who has recently made significant contributions toward returning Ottawa to its post war modernist heyday, responded with a tight composition of volumes that maximizes the potential of the narrow 20’by 60’ irregular shaped site while still generating a singular street profile.

The street-side component of the two storey core volume steps in to facilitate an eastern side entrance. A cantilevered bay wraps around the corner at the second level, its crisp lines, layering of planes and contrasting materials producing a piece of geometric art. On the opposite elevation, a single storey garage, clad in richly stained pine in contrast to the neutral light-grey stucco of the main volume, is extruded on the angle of the lot. The same pine is used on soffits, in the bay and as a means to break up the major volume, the same kind of unapologetic use of natural materials that marked Alvar Aalto’s Nordic modernism.

Inside, an animated “folding” of space creates horizontal and vertical fluidity and interconnectedness. The largely white walled and simply detailed interior rotates around two totemic elements centred on the west and east elevations of the house. One is a sculpted staircase whose ebony strained treads without risers seem almost to float. The other is a light chimney, a countering void marked by a soaring opaque window spilling light onto an interior garden at its foot. These elements also serve to separate the kitchen/dining area from the living room but without impeding a sense of openness.

A generous and eclectic use of windows and glazed doors draws in from all sides the delightful ozone saturated light that theorist Christian Norberg-Schulz has identified as such an important element in a northern landscape. If large picture windows that provide stunning tableaus of the Aberdeen’s impressive cupola and the backyard facing wall glazed doors are boldly voyeuristic, many narrow vertical slot and horizontal clerestory windows contribute slices of views while protecting privacy.

In sum, Fold Place is an urban dwelling for an informal lifestyle that is committed to engaging its community with openness and sass.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

The exterior displays a mix of stucco, pine, metal and glass. The materials break up the boxy volume of the house and add interest to the facade with geometric patterns.

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isobel12 added this to Exterior
May 31, 2014
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April 16, 2014
Outside Bedroom window orientation
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March 18, 2014
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March 15, 2014
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March 10, 2014
exterior mix of pine, stucco, glass, metal
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February 9, 2014
horizontal windows with Cantelever
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November 3, 2013
has aluminum windows
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The exterior displays a mix of stucco, pine, metal and glass. The materials break up the boxy volume of the house and add interest to the facade with geometric patterns
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June 26, 2013
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March 31, 2013
Use of wood and stucko. Glenridge
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March 30, 2013
Box window popping out
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March 17, 2013
Carport or garage idea
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Wood and windows
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December 19, 2012
windows ( box window )
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November 15, 2012
box on elevation
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November 1, 2012
wood accent
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October 29, 2012
White is right for a nurse from Canada
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The architecture
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October 13, 2012
front facade material mixture
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October 9, 2012
interesting hse
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contempt outside bldg
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October 1, 2012
I like the horizontal and vertical plus cantilever windows
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September 30, 2012
mix of exterior materials
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September 25, 2012
awesome exterior
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September 25, 2012
i like this front
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September 25, 2012
Nice modern.
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dream house
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Ottawa white
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House exterior
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Outdoor stucco color
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September 23, 2012
замечательный гараж...
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September 23, 2012
the geometric design ..irregular..ganda..
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September 23, 2012
Love how structure is broken up with various range of materials....though the brown pine siding would not be my choice on this one.
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September 23, 2012
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September 23, 2012
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September 23, 2012
love the modern architecture of this house
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September 23, 2012
This is perfect
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September 23, 2012
house shape
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September 23, 2012
The architect and a horticulturalist from Richmond Nursery embedded a potted Brazilian olive tree into the ground and surrounded the surface with stones, creating a small interior garden. "One of the clients expressed how sad she gets during the winter months and how she wished she could be around nature — but the cold makes staying outdoors difficult. So we added the tree and created a Zen garden to make winters more bearable; we brought the outdoors inside with this patch of nature," says Reeves.
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Vertical home on small footprint.
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September 23, 2012
small and modern
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September 23, 2012
modern in ottawa
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September 23, 2012
this design and layout would work as a house boat as well if the garage was swaped out with a cutout for a boat.
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September 23, 2012
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like the clean lines and limited material
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September 23, 2012
This is sooo cool!!
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Modern Home
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September 23, 2012
the transom windows, use of steel, stucco and wood, a lot of space on a small pad
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modern house
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This is what I want mine to look like
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moderm small house
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Modern, clean, bright
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Mixed materials
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September 23, 2012
the geometric nature of the home
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September 23, 2012
The exterior displays a mix of stucco, pine, metal and glass. The materials break up the boxy volume of the house and add interest to the facade with geometric patterns.
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September 23, 2012
Love the entire house.
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September 23, 2012
exterior stucco,pine,glass
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exterior - stucco, pine, metal and glass
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stucco et pin
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September 23, 2012
Nice compact appearance.
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September 20, 2012
many boxed dropped on each other
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