Saint-André Residence is a minimalist family home transformed by a modern extension in Montreal, Canada, designed by Naturehumaine.
The project consists of adding a modern extension to the back side existing home while retaining the character of the built environment on the street side. This project transformed the early-20th-century duplex into a single-family dwelling, with the intent of creating a bright, open-space house.
The extension created additional space for a large kitchen on the ground floor that opens up on the garden, and a cantilever master suite on the second floor on the corner. According to the architect” this protruding structure creates intimacy in the night spaces as well as a dynamic volume above the yard.”
Described the designer: “The back of the house is mostly covered in red brick as a reminder of the materiality of the existing house, and the siding for the cantilever is made of black layered fiber cement panels cut in diamond shapes, which creates a contrast between the modern cantilever structure and the historic red brick.
Two wide skylights installed in double-height spaces provide natural light in the centre of the house. In order to structure space and add accents of materiality as well as textures to the house, three volumes have been covered with walnut wood, and another, with white rods.”
Photography by Adrien Williams