Zen Barn

Architects Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc
Location: Canada, Ottawa
Year: 2012
Area: 214 m2
Photographs: Peter Fritz
Certifications: LEED,Platinum

The “Zen Barn” is built in a historic and eclectic Ottawa neighbourhood. The linear composition of this contemporary home is interrupted by the vertical volumes of light wells, the stairs, and the courtyard. The resulting interpenetration of views, light, and space along the south side of the home creates strong indoor-outdoor connections. The building’s orientation allows passive solar exposure at the east, west and south sides during winter months.

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A recessed courtyard to the south allows for a large amount of glazing on the main floor. The cantilevered second storey acts as a shade, protecting the lower level from the hot summer sun. White lacquer and stained ash cabinetry flow through the interconnected kitchen, living, and dining spaces. The exterior is clad with reclaimed white oak barn boards.

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All of these features and design strategies result in a home that is energy efficient and pleasant to live in. The home achieved an EnerGuide rating achieved of 82, 10 points higher than what is required by the Ontario Building Code. This home achieved LEED for Homes Platinum certification.

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