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4417 Christophe-Colomb / Henri Cleinge

  • 01:00 - 17 September, 2009
4417 Christophe-Colomb / Henri Cleinge
4417 Christophe-Colomb / Henri Cleinge, © Denis Farley
© Denis Farley

© Denis Farley © Denis Farley © Denis Farley © Denis Farley +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Architect

    Henri Cleinge
  • Client

    Stéphane Dion and Éloïse Corbeil
  • Budget

  • Area

    279.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. Located on Christophe-Colomb Street in the Plateau Mont-Royal in Montreal, the existing building was originally a ‘cottage’ (word to describe a single family home) which had been converted into a duplex in the early 1970s. Ironically, because the original building dated back to the 1800s and did not align to the other buildings on the street, the renovation did not have to conform to the traditional morphology of the street.

© Denis Farley
© Denis Farley

The intention was to create a very contemporary, yet contextual project within the historical Plateau district. In efforts to express the history of the original building, the fir structural components of the existing house walls were recycled as interior cladding on the lateral walls on all three floors. These wood elements were initially carefully removed, then scanned with a metal detector in order to locate and remove all nails. They were then sheared and finally reinstalled on the new walls.

© Denis Farley
© Denis Farley

The contemporary and hard lined shell is rendered warm with other natural materials: concrete, hot-rolled steel, walnut, and slate. The house consists on the ground floor of an open area with a double height living space facing the front garden, a dining space, and the kitchen at the back. The garage located behind the kitchen is accessed by the alley. The second floor, intended for the children, includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a play area overlooking the living room below. On the third floor, the master bedroom suite opens to a terrace which faces the Mont Royal as well as the front garden.

© Denis Farley
© Denis Farley
Cite: "4417 Christophe-Colomb / Henri Cleinge" 17 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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oscar falcón lara · September 22, 2009

How cool, they renovated and rescued and totally empowered this little building, I think they did a magnificent job in giving new life to it. Nice.

frank Wilson · September 20, 2009

Total climax, melting of two bodies into one, old and new, concrete and wood, perfection and imperfection, the way a masterpiece is supposed to be, defiant, sensual, aggressive, what a great moment of intimacy....

PierreB · September 19, 2009

looks amazing. its all about having the vision

mike · September 19, 2009

very cool...makeovers are always interesting and I'd love to live in this one!

Marie-Christine · September 19, 2009

Here are more pictures (the article is in French though):

Here is also a video (also in French and the narrating is blah...):

majchers · September 22, 2009 06:57 PM

Thank you Marie-Christine. Very valuable info.

Cheers from Calgary ;-)

Marie-Christine · September 19, 2009

Really nice... I live in Montreal and I've seen it... What you don't see is that from the side, the house is ENORMOUS, it's really impressive.

I love the wood on the walls in contrast with the concrete floors... I hope I find awesome wood like that when I renovate a house!

majchers · September 19, 2009 02:42 AM

Any idea Marie-Christine where to find photos of the other elevations?

majchers · September 18, 2009

Very cool reno!

I wish the other elevation was also shown...

salvadore · September 18, 2009

looks good! but i really like the old facade!!! and its children bedroom not children's...

Kapitonas · September 18, 2009

Looks very gently. Would be great to see a longitudinal section.

Doug · September 18, 2009

Nicely executed. Great use of salvaged fir from the original structure. Hope there's money left for some trees in the front garden. An allee of deciduous trees would be beautiful.

diem thuyen · September 18, 2009

that's what i call a makeover! perfect!

alfred · September 25, 2009 12:37 PM

you´re perfect...


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