The clients wished to enlarge their 800 sf bungalow by adding a second floor to the existing structure. However, the poor conditions of the foundations quickly proved this option impossible. In turn, the architects proposed to build an extension into the backyard.
The first gesture was to lower the new dining room to the level of the exterior terrace, and to link it to the kitchen through a vast open space. Suspended atop the dining room, a translucent reading cube emerges from the master bedroom. Meanwhile, a light well ensures that direct sunlight reaches the dining room all day long.
Playing in a subversive manner with the numerous constraints, the architects yielded a unique project. Simple and modest, the St-Hubert residence offers nonetheless a rich spatial experience with generous and luminous spaces.
Intervention: Interior re-organisation and extension
Location: St-Hubert St, Montréal
Completion Date: 2010
Prize: 2011 Marcel Parizeau Award OAQ