23.2 House

Canada
Photographer
Location
  • Canada
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2010
  • 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.

    Jordan Kushins uploaded 23.2 House through Add A Home.
    Add your own project for the chance to be featured in Editor's Picks.
    Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life. Photo  of 23.2 House modern home

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

    Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Concrete Floor, and Pendant Lighting. 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 2 of 23.2 House

    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.

    Modern home with Exterior, Concrete Siding Material, and House. “The house is a piece of origami made out of triangular shapes, which we then draped over the landscape,” says Arbel. Photo 3 of 23.2 House

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

    Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, Concrete Floor, and Pendant Lighting. 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 4 of 23.2 House

    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.”

    Modern home with Shelves Storage Type, Office, Chair, Bookcase, Storage, Desk, Shelves, and Concrete Floor. 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 5 of 23.2 House

    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.

    Modern home with Hallway. Framed family photos hang, clustered and skylit, in the corridor. Photo 6 of 23.2 House

    Framed family photos hang, clustered and skylit, in the corridor.

    Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Concrete Floor, and Chair. Impromptu reading time in the open-plan kitchen is encouraged. Photo 7 of 23.2 House

    Impromptu reading time in the open-plan kitchen is encouraged.

    Modern home with Doors, Wood, Exterior, and Swing Door Type. Walnut doors come together to form a corner in the entry foyer. Photo 8 of 23.2 House

    Walnut doors come together to form a corner in the entry foyer.

    Modern home with Bath Room, Wood Counter, and Vessel Sink. White tiles envelop the en suite master bathroom.  Photo 9 of 23.2 House

    White tiles envelop the en suite master bathroom.

    Modern home with Storage Room and Shelves Storage Type. 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 10 of 23.2 House

    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.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. 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 11 of 23.2 House

    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.

    Modern home with Doors, Wood, and Sliding Door Type. Sliding doors cast shadows across the concrete floor. Photo 12 of 23.2 House

    Sliding doors cast shadows across the concrete floor.

    Modern home with Windows. Operable walnut shutters shed dappled light from windows throughout 23.2. Photo 13 of 23.2 House

    Operable walnut shutters shed dappled light from windows throughout 23.2.

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, and Carpet Floor. 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.” Photo 14 of 23.2 House

    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.”