How To Live In A 566 Square Foot House: Sleep On A Yoga Mat

Dave Leblanc describes the problem presented to Architect Andrew Reeves in the Globe and Mail:

Imagine for a moment you’re an architect. You’ve got a client – a really nice guy – who tells you he sleeps on a yoga mat on the floor. And he wants a home that is so stripped of ornament that, to some eyes, it will seem stark and cold. Also, he’s a very private person who wants a place of quiet solitude, but located in a dense urban neighbourhood.

The result is a 566 square foot concrete and steel minimalist and mini home. It is built on an interesting street; back lane housing is difficult to do in Toronto, but Craven Road is essentially a back lane that became a street, with tiny little houses and an architectural gem or two. (See the studio built for Robert Hill by Shim Sutcliffe here) This house is built on the site of a former meth lab.

LeBlanc quotes architect Andrew Reeves about the minimalist approach.

“One thing I think that’s been consistent all the way through is everything is raw and the way it came: the steel inside is unprimed, it still even has the numbers that were written on it in the factory about what piece it is!” Mr. Reeves says. “He didn’t want to cover things or paint things to mimic certain other things.”

The architect asks the question that we often do on TreeHugger:

Some build in anticipation of those few times a year, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, that require a dining room big enough to seat a dozen guests. This house is about planning for the other 95 per cent of the time by asking “what do you really, genuinely need and use?” says Mr. Reeves.