VFA Architecture Showcases Sensorial Installation at IDS Toronto

A Concept House that engages the five human senses is this year’s feature exhibit at IDS Toronto by VFA Architecture + Design in collaboration with Hummingbird Hill Homes + Construction, and Victoria Taylor Landscape Architect.

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Drawing from ideas inherently examined within VFA’s existing projects, the Concept House borrows from the essential qualities of each design for an elevated user experience.

Open from January 16 to 19, 2020, RESET Home explores a built environment that accentuates all of our five senses through: sight, by the implementation of healthy indoor lighting tied to circadian rhythm; sound, optimized through acoustical privacy and healthy sound introduction; smell, improved through use of better materials and air filtration; touch, enhanced through experience of space, thermal comfort and energy efficiency; and taste, improved by water purification, strategic hydration and built in vegetable gardens.

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Adopting the popularized “open concept” plan of the contemporary home, the IDS installation looks at a return to the intelligence and site-specific adaptability of early dwelling styles.

Users are encouraged to reconnect to one another by gathering around the kitchen island. The original hearth of the primitive home was an open fire for cooking and heating; here, the kitchen island is the new hearth and centre of the home—a multi-elemental fixture whose function is practical, social and ecological.

Photo Courtesy of VFA Architecture
Photo Courtesy of VFA Architecture

The Concept House also responds to privacy and outdoor accessibility. It weaves together glazing, solid walls, partial walls, and other openings. Graduated transparency in one axis is framed by opacity in another.

The exhibit is an opportunity for visitors to explore contemporary living through sequences in domesticity: arriving home, leaving home, going to bed, waking up, eating, and socializing.

By organizing materials, lighting, and spatial proportions around these activities, the home itself becomes utilitarian to the occupant, augmenting the experience of ritual and comfort.