_naturehumaine has renovated a house right by Jean-Talon market in Montreal, Canada, for a couple with a passion for cooking. The clients had two main requirements in the re-organization of their newly acquired house. Firstly, they wanted a large kitchen island as the main focal point of the house, and secondly they wanted their living spaces on the second floor where they would benefit from more natural light. The more private areas such as the bedroom were to be placed on the ground floor.
The front door opens onto a double height entry foyer where a sculptural stair draws the focus upwards. The lines of the stair invite the natural and fluid transition from the ground floor entrance to the living spaces above.
The open plan kitchen, living and dining room are found on the brightly lit second floor. These are all organized around a long linear island topped by a beautiful soap stone countertop. The island basks in natural light as a linear skylight follows its lines directly above. The skylight is interrupted by a monolithic range that protrudes from the ceiling above.
A block of cabinets, clad in a mix of anigre veneer and lacquered doors, is recessed into the wall behind the island. This block conceals the fridge as well as other appliances, pantry storage and a powder room. Towards the back of the house, the island breaks-off, into a second island that cantilevers into a brightly lit corner becoming the family’s breakfast table. Here, a patio door leads to a large exterior terrace overlooking the backyard.
Type: Single family house
Intervention: Interior re-organization & extension
Location: Drolet Ave. Montreal, Canada
Area: 3000 sqft
Completion Date: 2014
Photography: Adrien Williams
*All images and information courtesy of _naturehumaine.