1st Avenue Residence | Architecture Microclimat
Photographer: Adrien Williams
Structural engineer: Geniex
General contractor: Microclimat architecture et construction
Square footage: 3900 SF
Project end date: 2016
This new sun-filled home is part of Montreal’s urban narrative yet offers all the advantages of a residential community.
Montreal’s residential neighbourhoods, densely sowed throughout the 20th century, are interspersed with tiny homes, strewn here and there in the urban landscape. When these buildings are left behind and go on sale, they offer architects a new playground to explore their work, to find creative ways to integrate a contemporary lifestyle in more traditional streets at the heart of the city.
The clients, a couple with two children, noticed this abandoned property on 1st Avenue. Facing a neighbourhood park in Rosemont, an area prized for its green spaces and tight-knit community, it was the perfect setting for a new build. With its anthracite-coloured brick facade and discrete openings, including a slightly elevated double entrance that allows natural light to brighten up a lower-level rental unit and create a modulated yard, the new home coolly inserts itself into the neighbourhood.