By : yh2
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Residential Building / Single-Family Home : Silver Certification
Categories : Special Award / Building Renovation : Gold Certification
Built in 1934, the Kirsh house is one of the first Montreal houses to adopt a resolutely modern style.
Designed by the architects Shorey and Ritchie, it is entirely coated in white plaster and characterized by a rounded fitting of the front facades.
Despite the avant-garde treatment of street facades, the interior design of the house and the composition of the rear façade were originally traditional and did not reflect the modern advances brought to the times by the great masters of the movement.
In a modernist spirit, the project proposes the integration of an extension on the courtyard side and the creation of dynamic and fluid interior volumes.
Outside, the extension of the band on the rear facade links the facades to each other. The opening of a large vertical bay window in the extension makes it possible to fit out a double-height living room opening the house onto its garden while providing a great supply of overhead light to the entire building.
The layout of the interior spaces has also been revised, guided by modernist ideas such as the free plan.
On the ground floor, the spaces are now defined by the variations in the heights of the floors and ceilings. Only the toilets, a block of wood placed in the center of the house and the new curved staircase sequence and energize the space.
The project enhances this testimony to the modern movement by supporting its uniqueness while maintaining its subtle integration into the urban fabric of Montreal.
Architect : yh2
General Contractor : Sedev Inc
Engineering : Donald Arsenault, ingénieur-conseil
Landscaper : Clorofila Inc.