Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge

Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Windows, Door, Facade, CourtyardBord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Facade, WindowsBord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Sofa, Windows, Bed, BedroomBord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Table, Wood, Chair, BeamBord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - More Images+ 11

Dorval, Canada
  • Architects: Henri Cleinge
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  9900 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Marc Cramer
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Kastella, Resene
  • Design Team: Henri Cleinge, Paulette Taillefer
  • Structural Engineer: César Zelaya
  • City: Dorval
  • Country: Canada
More SpecsLess Specs
Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Windows, Chair
© Marc Cramer

Text description provided by the architects. 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.

Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Facade, Beam
© 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.

Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Handrail
© Marc Cramer

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. 

Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Sofa, Table, Windows, Chair, Bedroom
© Marc Cramer

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. 

Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge - Image 16 of 16

Project gallery

See allShow less
About this office
Cite: "Bord-du-Lac House / Henri Cleinge" 16 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.