Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada

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April 26, 2011

Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Out of “respect for the beams and their history,” Designer Omer Arbel insisted that not a single reclaimed plank—still marked by nailheads and chipped paint—be cut nor altered during ­construction, which gave the home its striking geometric motif. It’s what he refers to as the “alchemy between ­material and process,” which also inspired the textured ­concrete walls and crisply milled walnut furniture. 

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  Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Omer Arbel, the creative director at industrial design firm Bocci, was given three parameters when he began designing a home for his colleague Randy Bishop: Create a “profound” connection between the internal and external spaces; build only one level; and, most crucially, utilize a wealth of 100-year-old beams salvaged from a series of warehouses owned by Bishop’s ancestors.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Omer Arbel, the creative director at industrial design firm Bocci, was given three parameters when he began designing a home for his colleague Randy Bishop: Create a “profound” connection between the internal and external spaces; build only one level; and, most crucially, utilize a wealth of 100-year-old beams salvaged from a series of warehouses owned by Bishop’s ancestors.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  “The house is a piece of origami made out of triangular shapes, which we then draped over the landscape,” says Arbel.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    “The house is a piece of origami made out of triangular shapes, which we then draped over the landscape,” says Arbel.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Arbel’s projects­—both products and architectural commissions—follow a chronological numbering system. The house itself is his 23rd design, while the one-of-a-kind glass pendants that accent nearly every room like a starscape are called “28.”  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Arbel’s projects­—both products and architectural commissions—follow a chronological numbering system. The house itself is his 23rd design, while the one-of-a-kind glass pendants that accent nearly every room like a starscape are called “28.”

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Bishop is an avid record collector—Rolling Stones albums are a sought-after favorite—and he keeps his vinyl in the shelving unit ”1.1,” a reproduction of Arbel’s first completed work. The kids can often be found playing video games at the desk in the great room.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Bishop is an avid record collector—Rolling Stones albums are a sought-after favorite—and he keeps his vinyl in the shelving unit ”1.1,” a reproduction of Arbel’s first completed work. The kids can often be found playing video games at the desk in the great room.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Framed family photos hang, clustered and skylit, in the corridor.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Framed family photos hang, clustered and skylit, in the corridor.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Impromptu reading time in the open-plan kitchen is encouraged.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Impromptu reading time in the open-plan kitchen is encouraged.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Walnut doors come together to form a corner in the entry foyer.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Walnut doors come together to form a corner in the entry foyer.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  White tiles envelop the en suite master bathroom.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    White tiles envelop the en suite master bathroom.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Just off an internal courtyard, a mudroom provides a prime place to keep sneakers. Each family member has their own shelf, backlit by windows that illuminate every pair.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Just off an internal courtyard, a mudroom provides a prime place to keep sneakers. Each family member has their own shelf, backlit by windows that illuminate every pair.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Expansive accordion doors join together in a sharp angle when shut, but when they’re open the crook competely disappears—as does the barrier between outside and in.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Expansive accordion doors join together in a sharp angle when shut, but when they’re open the crook competely disappears—as does the barrier between outside and in.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Sliding doors cast shadows across the concrete floor.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Sliding doors cast shadows across the concrete floor.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Operable walnut shutters shed dappled light from windows throughout 23.2.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Operable walnut shutters shed dappled light from windows throughout 23.2.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Arbel’s “14” sconces spot the wall to ethereal effect in the master bedroom. “I wanted this place to be habitable. One of my greatest criticisms of modern architecture is that it often forgets to make things cozy.”Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!   Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Arbel’s “14” sconces spot the wall to ethereal effect in the master bedroom. “I wanted this place to be habitable. One of my greatest criticisms of modern architecture is that it often forgets to make things cozy.”

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    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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