Location: Montreal (Qc), Canada
Project Yesr: 2015
Area: 549 m2
Photo: Francis Pelletier
APPAREIL architecture opted for a minimalist, uncluttered and Nordic style for the renovation of a typical Montreal duplex, and ecological materials and natural light have been put forward to meet the needs of its residents.
The clients have been delighted with the large backyard, close location to the city center, public transport, and compliance with its “green” life. Nevertheless, it was necessary to conduct a comprehensive renovation to modernize it and turn it into a warm and comfortable home. Urban integration, sustainable materials and simplicity are the basic principles of the conversion of space, which has been completely renovated by architect Kim Paresau and his team APPAREIL Architecture.
For the renovation the Canadian studio chose a minimalistic Nordic style that provides a balanced and bright space in all rooms. Outside, the facade was modernized on the basis of current trends, but also taking into account the other houses in the neighborhood, so as not to fall out of the main directions of the architectural area.
The space on the ground floor created as common open area. The clients wanted to get as much natural light as possible to their home. In order to delimit the zone without the walls, the floor level in the living room has been lowered to about 40 cm and covered with parquet wood. On the other side, where the dining room and kitchen are located the architecs placed a large sliding doors that emphasize the continuity of the flow of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Bioclimatic studies were completed with a certified consultant before the renovations. The insights gained, such as influx of natural light and heat intake, helped to rethink the space accordingly and to have a positive impact on the building performance.
inally, the front facade of the house is made of brick, made from recycled materials, while the back part is covered with a similar resistant material – white cedar wood.