_naturehumaine has completed ‘In Suspension’ in Montreal, a residence that incorporates gymnastic rings suspended from a two storey high ceiling. The client wanted to transform the last two levels of a building to create living spaces for her two athletically inclined children, who are now grown adults.
The main goal of the re-design was to create a shared living space in which all utilitarian functions are shared without the loss of personal privacy.
_naturehumaine removed the floor that was separating the two levels and created a wide-open space in which two large boxes appear to float in mid-air. These suspended volumes, each containing the bedroom and bathroom, were cladded in unfinished plywood panels to create a warm contrast against the rest of the material palette.
This configuration creates three gaps, each being two floors high; the centre gap becomes a physical exercise room with a pair of gymnastics rings.
The whole structure is connected lengthwise by a block that is painted black; the block accommodates different services, including stairways, a shower room and part of the kitchen.
A large island with unfinished wood painted white delineates the kitchen space, with sliding lacquered bookshelves underneath the wooden boxes.
Type: Single family house
Intervention: Interior re-organization
Location: Côte-des-Neiges road, Montreal, Canada
Area: 2000 sqft
Completion Date: 2014
Photography: Adrien Williams
*All images and information courtesy of _naturehumaine.