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Maison Soeur in Verdun

Apr 25, 2020

Maison Soeur – Verdun House

Design: APPAREIL Architecture

Location: Verdun, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

An architect and her partner, parents of twins, called upon APPAREIL Architecture to design the expansion and refurbishing of a veterans’ home in Verdun. The client, Catherine Gauthier, being an architect herself, the project was conceptualized through collaboration and communication among all
parties.

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The concept imagined by the firm developed around the theme of duality, recreating the existing volume through a “sister house”, or Maison Soeur, that stands out through its clean signature. The residence is a veterans’ home, typical lodging of Montreal’s 1950s working-class neighbourhoods, it was important to respect its architectural heritage.

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

The stakes consisted in highlighting the volume characteristic to this type of building, while giving it a second life that better responded to the new owners’ need for space. The extension thus presents itself as a reinterpretation of the existing structure, through its silhouette and its physicality. The roof’s double-sloped archetype is reproduced, as is its masonry envelope.

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

In the new extension, openings and luminosity are emphasized by generous windows. The interior spaces offer distinct layouts, favoring connexions between the rooms and the garden. The layout ensures abundant light throughout the interior spaces, whose pale hues contrast with the dark brick of the new facades.

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

Pragmatic, the plan maximizes liveable areas by reducing traffic and favoring interplays of transparency that reinforce the connection between interior and exterior. Between the old and new volumes, a glass and grating footbridge subtly emphasizes the passage between the two eras. At the heart of the extension, the kitchen stands out by its luminosity and its direct relationship with a large adjoining garden.

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

This project was designed to adapt to numerous construction constraints, all while maintaining a strong distinction between the volumes and an abundant entry of light. Born from a collaborative process, the Maison Soeur preserves its recent heritage through a somber and pragmatic architecture.

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

Maison Soeur in Verdun, Quebec – Building Information

Design: APPAREIL Architecture

Creator/architect: APPAREIL Architecture in collaboration with Catherine Gauthier
General contractor: GCT Construction
Ceramist: Marie‐Ève Dompierre

About APPAREIL Architecture
APPAREIL Architecture is a Montreal‐based architectural firm whose mission is to design high quality, bespoke residential and commercial environments that are unique for their residents. The architecture studio’s clean and contemporary signature is greatly inspired by their Nordic roots, and their projects bear witness to the design office’s desire to find a balance between tradition and modernity.

Its work has been recognized and rewarded throughout the years. Notably, the architectural practice was the winner of the 2017 “Best of Canada” prize by Canadian Interiors, and was named as a finalist by the Quebec Order of Architects for the restaurant Hoogan et Beaufort in 2017. APPAREIL Architecture was also nominated for the 2017 “Emerging Talent” prize by Canadian Architect.

Maison Soeur Verdun Montreal

Photographer: Félix Michaud

Maison Soeur in Verdun, Montréal information / images received 250420 from v2com newswire

Location: Verdun, Québec, Canada

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