Montreal based _naturehumaine completed the Corelaine Residence for a developer, at the intersection between Corelaine Street and a laneway, in Montreal’s Point St-Charles neighbourhood.
The main challenge of the project was the extremely narrow site, that required the construction of two row-homes on an 8.7m wide lot. After taking into account all setbacks and constraints, _naturehumaine took a non-traditional planning approach to avoid the result of 2 narrow houses with severe lack of natural light.
Our solution was to intertwine both units in a zigzag fashion, maximizing on natural light, and creating dynamic angular spaces.
The two units intersect each other at the top floor to create an intimate space for a master bedroom, an office, as well as a terrace in each unit.
This design was reinforced by the site’s footprint, which has a 75-degree angle at the intersection between the street and the laneway and further inspired the creation of angular forms and oblique perspective lines within the interior.
The building relates to the neighbourhood’s vernacular through a brick base, and is topped with a contemporary angular volume clad in steel that cantilevers over the base.
The interior was kept minimalistic. Each unit benefits from a double height space with a suspended wood platform that adds charm to the space.
The stair was wrapped in a black expanded-steel handrail, and connects the main floor to the master bedroom where a “reading nook bathes in natural sunlight”.
Intervention: New Construction
Area: unit A – 1610 sqft unit B – 1525 sqft
Location: Coleraine St, Montréal, QC
Completion Date: 2013
Photo credit: Adrien Williams
*All images and information courtesy of _naturehumaine.