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Mask House by RZLBD / Atelier Reza Aliabadi

The Mask House is a two-storey dwelling that grounds its presence by embracing juxtapositional qualities in order to set an example for its neighbourhood which is undergoing a rapid gentrification. Located at the Roncesvalles Village, in the west end of Toronto, the project was designed and built respecting the narrow elongated trapezoidal site, the limited budget, the very restricted Zoning & By-laws, and of course a demanding brief from the client. Yet, the outcome brings vivid energy, inspires renewal, and suggests possibilities that design can offer.

Designed by RZLBD / Atelier Reza Aliabadi

The façade may challenge the viewer to speculate a direct relation between manners of the exterior and the interior, assuming alikeness of aesthetics with ethics in regards of spaces being skewed, tilted and angled. However, the ‘mask’ intentionally plays the role of being a mediator between the haphazard surrounding environment and the serene orthogonal interior order. It barrows from next door roof profiles and trapezoidal plots, and offers back different readings that are not contradictory but ambiguous. By wearing the mask the building becomes a “positive virus”, it will affect, engage and change its immediate environment — extending out an invitation to play a new game.