Canadian based architecture firm _naturehumaine has completed a 50 years old suburban residence on Montreal’s south shore. The house was originally built by the client’s father in 1960’s, and it was in much need of rejuvenation. _naturehumaine have completely redesigned the house, bringing it to today’s living standards.
The original house incorporated a series of closed rooms surrounding the central staircase, with severely lacking natural light. The architects opened up the south facade by adding large glazed patio doors to allow as much natural light in as possible. The interior partitions were all removed, creating an open space plan with an abundance of natural light.
The original staircase was replaced by a new sculptural staircase built out of hot rolled steel, maple veneer, and frosted glass. Central to the house, the new staircase becomes the focal point, being easily accessed from the kitchen, dining and lounge area.
The kitchen was kept minimal, featuring a 2.4 meters cantilevered central island that can act as a dining table or extra preparation space.
Two pivoting glass doors close off the entry creating a winter vestibule. A large stone fireplace was conserved and restored, adding textural elegance that contrasts with the purity of the new elements.
The exterior of the house was restored and repainted, and all windows replaced. A contemporary dormer was added to the roof of the house containing the two second floor bathrooms. The simplicity of the material palette unifies the space, creating a harmonious environment.
*All images and information courtesy of _naturehumaine.