La maison Prince-Philip : un défi d’agrandissement
By : MXMA Architecture & Design
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 15e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Special Award / Architecture + Stairs : Gold Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Prestige House : Silver Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Private House > 2 000 pi2 (> 185 m2) : Gold Certification
MXMA Architecture & Design realized in 2021 the renovation of the Prince-Philip residence, a typical house of the 1960s.
The main challenge of this project was to deal with the architectural languages of two different eras and to harmonize them in order to design a coherent, elegant and well-integrated ensemble in its environment.
This Outremont home is located on an exceptional site, a wooded lot of nearly 17,000 square feet, only minutes from downtown Montreal.
The parents wanted to enjoy their own space, offering privacy and calm, and give their three children their own apartments. MXMA's project consisted of adding a partial second floor to the residence to accommodate the parents' suite, then reorganizing the existing rooms on the first floor.
Renovation of the right wing and addition of a second floor
For this renovation, MXMA used the right wing of the house and added a 1000 sq. ft. floor to this new section. The architect, Maxime Moreau, wanted this intervention to respect the horizontality of the house and its original character while remaining as discreet as possible from the street.
Gaining volume with sobriety
The front facade of the extension is set back in order to recall the proportions of the overhanging roof of the original house and not to impose too much presence on the street. Through structural gymnastics, the addition has been recessed into the original roof, into which it blends.
From the outside, what might appear to be a half-storey elevation turns out to be a (10') high volume. Despite the size of this volume, no unwanted shadows are created for the immediate neighbors, thus ensuring a natural and respectful integration. In addition, the architect was inspired by the materials and formal layout of the original house. For example, the new fenestration follows the shape of the house's narrow windows.
Opening to nature
The rear facade, with its large windows and much more contemporary look, is more prominent and is inspired by the concept of a ribbon that folds and unfolds. On the second floor, from the top of the master suite, urbanity is eclipsed, giving the owners the impression of living in a "house in the trees", far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The first floor of the new right wing now houses the bedrooms of the three teenagers. They have gained space and can now enjoy two bathrooms, one for the two girls, the other for the boy. A door gives them private access to "their apartments".
The project in images
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