Architecture

Overcoming Budget Challenges: Compact Family Residence in Canada

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When dealing with a restricted budget, the challenges can prove to be intimidating. Not for Kariouk Associates, who managed to design a functional and appealing contemporary home for its inhabitants, an adult couple and their teenage children. Located in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, the residence displays a compact shape, characterizing its simple masonry volume. Here is more information provided by the architects: “In response to the project’s very modest budget, industrial concrete blocks were used as the exterior veneer, but in an unconventional manner: the rough material is arranged in a pinwheel pattern yielding a playful façade throwing deep shadows. Because the house is quite small for a large family, an exterior, screened-in living/dining area was designed for the flat roof. When completed, this space will be accessed by an exterior steel stair, linking the interior living area and exterior living area.”  As far as the interior structure is concerned, the spaces most used by the teenagers- their bedrooms, a TV area, and sports equipment storage- are located on the ground level. while the formal areas of the house are given the most privileged views on the second level. How would you comment on the overall layout of this residence?

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