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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Bord-du-Lac House in Dorval, Canada by Henri Cleinge Architect

 
August 27th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Henri Cleinge Architect

Approached to renovate a 200 year old Quebec stone house and to design a significant addition, we were challenged to define a clear conceptual approach which would reconcile a contemporary architectural language to the ancestral home. The original structure once belonged to the Hudson Bay Company and had the main entrance facing the river, where the old road was situated. Over time, a new road was built on the back side of the house, which now became the front.

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  • Architects: Henri Cleinge Architect
  • Project: Bord-du-Lac House
  • Location: Dorval, Canada
  • Photography: Marc Cramer
  • Project Architect: Henri Cleinge
  • Team: Henri Cleinge, Paulette Taillefer
  • Structural Engineer:  César Zelaya
  • General Contractor: Abitec
  • Cabinetry and custom built furniture: Kastella
  • Area : 9900 square feet
  • Budget: on request
  • Date of completion: 2012

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

The program required sheltering four generations: the great grandfather, the grandparents and the children in the old house, and the parents in the addition.

This led to the idea of drawing a parallel between the multi-generational component of the program and the fact that a contemporary project would be built alongside a historical house. In this manner, the design expresses the passage of time. The strategy defined itself as a contemporary project contrasting the existing stone house, yet having an obvious relationship to the ancestral home. This idea extended to the way the spaces are defined, as two double height living rooms are at opposite ends, one in each volume, linked by a path highlighted by a bridge linking the old house to the new volume.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Henri Cleinge Architect

Image Courtesy © Henri Cleinge Architect

Image Courtesy © Henri Cleinge Architect

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