Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine

Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine

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Montreal, Canada
Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine - Countertop
© Adrien Williams

Text description provided by the architects. This project was completed for a developer/home builder at the intersection between Coleraine Street and a laneway in Montreal’s Point St-Charles neighborhood.

Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine - Countertop, Chair
© Adrien Williams

The basic program for this project required 2 row-homes on an 8.7m wide lot. After accounting for setbacks and other constraints, traditional planning approaches would have resulted in 2 long narrow houses, which severely lacked natural light. Our solution was to intertwine both units in a zigzag fashion, maximizing on natural light, and creating dynamic angular spaces. The two units intersect at the top floor to create an intimate space for a master bedroom, an office, and a terrace in each unit. This design was reinforced by the site’s footprint, which has a 75-degree angle at the intersection between the street and the laneway and further inspired the creation of angular forms and oblique perspective lines within the interior.

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The building is composed of a brick base, which relates to the neighborhoods vernacular, and is topped with a contemporary angular volume clad in steel that cantilevers over the base. The minimalist interiors each have a double height space with a suspended wood platform. The stair, wrapped in a black expanded-steel handrail, ascends to the master bedroom where a reading nook bathes in natural sunlight.

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© Adrien Williams

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Cite: "Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine" 16 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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