La Couleuvre – Montreal Residence

La Couleuvre, Montreal Residential Development, Quebec Residence, Canadian Architecture

La Couleuvre : Montreal Flat Extension

Quebec Residential Extension, Canada – design by NatureHumaine, architects

27 May 2013

The Garden Snake Montreal

Design: NatureHumaine

English text (scroll down for French):

La Couleuvre Canada

La Couleuvre Montréal
photo : Adrien Williams

The clients had to find a way to expand their ground-floor unit with the arrival of twin babies. They wanted an adaptable design that would be fun and playful for their 3 young children. In order to keep their upstairs tenants, they had to expand outwards rather then upwards. The solution was to group all 4 bedrooms into a 1350 sqft rear annex. Nicknamed “la couleuvre” (the garden snake), the extension starts on the ground floor of the existing building and twists its way through the rear courtyard, mounting a brick volume clad with bricks salvaged from the demolished garage.

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photos : Adrien Williams

The parents’ quarters are located in the ground floor brick volume, while the kid’s bedrooms are pushed up into the twisting volume upstairs. A bright orange handrail leads you up into the kids’ zone. An open concept bathroom that facilitates family bath time also acts as the circulation to the 3 bedrooms with built in bunk beds and furniture in a similar playful language.

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photos : Adrien Williams

French text:

Une jeune famille grandissante convoite l’idée d’agrandir le rez-de-chaussée de leur cinq-plex situé dans l’arrondissement Rosemont-Petite-Patrie. Souhaitant conserver les locataires du 2ième et 3ième étage, les clients consentent à sacrifier une portion de leur cour arrière pour construire un agrandissement.

L’ajout de 1350 pieds carrés que l’on surnomme ‘’la couleuvre’’ comprend au rez-de-chaussée la chambre des parents et une salle de bain. Au deuxième étage se trouve la zone des enfants avec 3 chambres et une salle de bain à concept ouvert. L’idée formelle s’illustre par une forme angulaire de couleur noire tachetée de blanc qui ondule au dessus d’un volume bas qui est habillé d’anciennes briques rouges récupérées de l’ancien garage.

La Couleuvre – Building Information

Team: Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Amelie Melaven
Type: Single family home
Intervention: Interior re-organisation and extension
Location: Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Montréal
Completion Date: 2012
Photos: Adrien Williams

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