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A concept house that celebrates and holistically engages the five human senses was on display from January 16 - 19, 2020 as this year’s feature exhibit at IDS Toronto by VFA Architecture + Design in creative collaboration with Hummingbird Hill Homes + Construction and Victoria Taylor Landscape Architect.


Drawing from ideas inherently examined within VFA’s existing repertoire of work, the exhibit entitled Reset Home, borrows from the most essential qualities of each project to bring together all the ideals of home design for an elevated user experience.


In a society hyper focused on image, we often eschew functional design for aesthetic formalities and gestures. This architectural installation explored a built environment that equally accentuates all of our five senses where human health and wellness is amplified 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.


Adopting the popular “open concept”plan of the contemporary home, the IDS installation looked 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. Where the original hearth of the primitive home was an open fire for cooking and heating, the kitchen island is the new hearth and centre of the home is multi-elemental, whose function is as social and ecological, as it is practical. Reset Home also responded to privacy and outdoor accessibility; weaving glazing, solid walls, partial walls, and other openings. Graduated transparency in one axis is framed by opacity in another.


The exhibit offered an opportunity for visitors to explore contemporary living through sequences in domesticity: arriving home, leaving home, going to bed, waking up, eating, socializing. By organizing materials, lighting, and spatial proportions around these activities, the home itself becomes utilitarian to the occupant, augmenting and enhancing the experience of ritual and comfort.

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