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Thorax House by rzlbd, Toronto - Canada


The project is located on the southern edge of Lansing, which is a small neighbourhood in the North York municipality in the Greater Toronto Area. Thorax House is a minimalist two-storey wood structure that carefully responds to the needs and lifestyle of the client while it has not forgotten the basic logic, plan and simplicity of the bungalow it replaced: the new project sits exactly on the small foot-print of the one-and-a-half storey bungalow that had occupied the site.


Designed by: rzlbd

The evolution of design was a simple extraction form a thorax diagram: a two-party system on either sides of a core. Starting with the main circulation, the staircase and bridge (the spine) run up the middle of the square volume, and all the living spaces (lungs) are arranged symmetrically on both sides. One can consider the building structure and envelope as the ribs, muscles, and skin. The staircase and bridge, which sit on the central axis, divide the living room and gentleman banquette from the dining room and kitchen on the ground floor, and the master bedroom from the two guest bedrooms on the second floor.