Guido Costantino Design Office Inc. recently contacted me about their project, The Belvedere house and I am sure glad they did. The Belvedere house is about as close to perfection as a house can get when it comes to materials and color pallet. If this were my home would I have to sprinkle a little teak into the interiors. I love the clean and crisp feel of this home and the exactness in which the design and construction were executed. There are so many elements (the stair case) that are so amazing that I really don’t want to ramble so make sure to check out the other 12 images.
Designed for a young family, who wanted a contemporary home where everyday life is not compartmentalized to specific spaces, and where space is flexible, the house plan flows freely, allowing areas to bleed into each other harmoniously. Rather than being defined by walls, the spaces are nuanced through small level and/or material changes, such as a step-down into the living area or a shift from concrete to wood floor. The L-shaped floor plan allows all spaces to receive maximum light, unobstructed views onto the wooded lot and into other areas of the house, while still providing the semi-private functional spaces the family desired.
“A 2-storey modern residence on a wooded lot in Oakville, Ontario, 44 Belvedere is comprised of a monochromatic palate of stucco, concrete, brick, anodized siding and a mix of opaque and transparent glass. The street face of Belvedere limits views into the residence, providing privacy through the use of frosted glass and an interior large two and a half storey concrete wall. In contrast, the back exterior unpeels to the outside, providing expansive views onto the bucolic lot and allowing light to flood the space.”
“At the front of the house, large shifted concrete pads welcome you into the residence, transitioning internally into a polished concrete floor, which then slips back out to the exterior to form a long narrow concrete pool and adjacent concrete “lily pads” sitting in rock beds.”