A couple with a passion for contemporary architecture wanted an extension to their 1940s duplex in Montréal. Their main request was to have the dining room at the heart of the house where family discussions would take place. The existing house had an un-insulated, poorly built extension that used the maximum allowable footprint on the site.
The solution was to demolish the previous extension and rebuild in its footprint. The approach was to maximize on its southern exposure and push the windows to their dimensional limit. The result is a pine-clad volume that has a certain lightness and transparency to it. A cantilevered steel box intersects the wood volume on the second floor and is punctured with a large corner-less window.
The strategic placement of the dining room at the rear of the house enables the blurring of interior and exterior spaces as it leads both visually and physically onto the backyard.Location: Montréal, Canada Architect: _naturehumaine
Team: Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Amelie Melaven
Type: Single family home
Intervention: Interior re-organisation and extension Completion Date: 2012
Photo: Adrien Williams
Project name: Berri Residence