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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.

1st Avenue Residence in Montréal, Canada by Architecture Microclimat

June 14th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

This new sun-filled home is part of Montreal’s urban narrative yet offers all the advantages of a residential community.

Renewed typology

Montreal’s residential neighbourhoods, densely sowed throughout the 20th century, are interspersed with tiny homes, strewn here and there in the urban landscape. When these buildings are left behind and go on sale, they offer architects a new playground to explore their work, to find creative ways to integrate a contemporary lifestyle in more traditional streets at the heart of the city.

1st Avenue facade, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

  • Architects: Architecture Microclimat
  • Project: 1st Avenue Residence
  • Location: Montréal, Canada
  • Photography: Adrien Williams
  • Software used: Autocad, sketch up
  • Structural engineer: Geniex
  • General contractor: Microclimat architecture et construction
  • Square footage: 3900 SF
  • Project end date: 2016

Main entrances, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

The clients, a couple with two children, noticed this abandoned property on 1st Avenue. Facing a neighbourhood park in Rosemont, an area prized for its green spaces and tight-knit community, it was the perfect setting for a new build. With its anthracite-coloured brick facade and discrete openings, including a slightly elevated double entrance that allows natural light to brighten up a lower-level rental unit and create a modulated yard, the new home coolly inserts itself into the neighbourhood.

Back facade, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Back terrace, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Continuous surfaces

As you step foot through the door, your eye is drawn to the back of the home, where the kitchen and living spaces extend outside thanks to impressive windows that frame the backyard. A kitchen counter naturally flows onto the terrace, visually and concretely uniting the two spaces. Cantilever overhangs in white parging shelter the counter from the elements throughout the seasons and offer a signature look to the back of the building.

Back facade, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Double height open space, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

The fluid transition from one space to the next continues throughout the home with a double height open space. United by a central wooden stairway and glass railing, it invites even more natural light into the home. The white walls and ceilings, as well as the polished concrete floors brighten up the space, whereas the wood paneling on the stairway adds warmth to the minimalist design, and draws the eye up the stairs to the bedrooms.

Living space, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Kitchen counter extending onto the terrace, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

The modern home inserts itself respectfully within the traditional Montreal neighbourhood that welcomes it. The architects’ work reflects a movement to artfully transform the residential landscape, a devotedness to make the most of open space and natural light. As such, the 1st Avenue home is one with the exterior, rather than being closed off on itself against the sun, rain, wind, and snow–always present, but better controlled. 

Walnut staircase, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Kitchen, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Architecture Microclimat

Established in 2013, Microclimat is a young firm that prides itself in promoting designs built on the cohabitation of architecture and its surrounding environment. Showcased in the July 2016 issue of Canadian Architect on young emerging firms, Microclimat was also honoured with the New Talent award at the 2017 Montreal Grands Prix du Design awards.

Staircase from the 2nd floor, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

2nd floor workspace, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

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Categories: Autocad, House, Residential, sketch up

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