5/6 House Offers Unique Design Choices

5/6 House

Though its facade may be unimposing, the interior of Toronto’s 5/6 House is certainly one of a kind.

The home, designed by Atelier rzldb, was designed to make the most of natural light, and the interior is a study in stark contrast.
The house’s name is fitting, given a floor plan that sees five main-floor rooms – a kitchen, dining room, family room, living room and home office – with a gap where a six would appear to fit.

Crisp white walls and other features are offset by rich, dark floors and furnishings, which only serves to highlight the house’s unique sense of space. The colour scheme also lends the house a very formal feel, which is reinforced by an almost minimalist design throughout.

More importantly, the home has an unusual but welcoming flow, with an open concept linking rooms, often through small flights of stairs. The stairs are also dark in colour, offsetting the white walls and appearing to protrude from out of those walls without support. Glass panels serve as a balustrade.

5/6 House Interiors

Though the house may have been built with an intricate design in mind, its interior design is simple almost out of necessity. The home’s flow and contrasts would make any overly ambitious additions to the interior design seem unnecessary at best and disjointed at worst. Quite simply, the building itself, as designed, serves to create its own atmosphere, and additional features would throw off a balance that is oddly warm, given what should, for all intents and purposes, feel like a clinical building.

The most striking feature of the 5/6 house, helps connect the house’s multiple levels. A waterfall flows into a long reflecting pool in the home’s basement, taking up much of the open space on the bottom floor. The waterfall, along with natural light from the house’s large skylight and the windows on the building’s south side.

The house’s many windows also allow views of the outdoors which, in the scenic area in which it is situated, brings a sense of peace and tranquility that complements the contrasting colour scheme inside while enhancing the look of the dark natural wood floors.

Overall, the home itself seems almost out of place in the city – a respite from the hectic Toronto life and a far cry from the nearly uniform suburban houses in the North York neighbourhood in which the 5/6 House sits.

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