By : TBA | Thomas Balaban Architecte
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Residential Building / Tiny/Small House : Platinum Winner
This small residential extension challenged us to squeeze as much house as possible out of a centenary carriage house in Montréal’s sought-after Plateau neighbourhood. It also challenged us to preserve the building’s only exterior space - small side yard. The floating 285 square foot extension on the second floor preserves this precious outdoor space while adding the additional breathing room the young family required. Clad in flat galvanised panels the floating volume reflects as much light as possible into the garden below, endowing the extension with a feeling of lightness. The reflective material and modern geometry contrasts against the solid masonry and preserved detailing of the old structure. It also reduces the visual impact on adjacent houses situated in tight quarters, showcasing an abstract palette of sky and foliage. Strategically placed openings endow the living spaces with privacy while full height windows bring much needed light into the house via transitional and open circulation spaces. Inside, the renovation celebrates the natural qualities of the utilitarian structure. Raw materials, rich textures and minimal detailing play off softer modern furnishings and the family’s art collection. Plywood plays the role of wallpaper and steel structure imitates wood joinery, giving the project an intemporal quality where mid-century modern meets construction site in the stripped-down Victorian shell.
Architect : TBA