House extensions can often be a contentious addition to the home that you’ve loved for so long, and when they come in bold forms, even more so. A contemporary home in Montreal (Canada), a bold design and subtle details combine to extend both the kitchen and bedroom into the garden via an unexpected angular form.
Designed by Natalie Dionne, this black geometric addition has added a new dimension to the contemporary brick home, creating a kitchenette extension and a balcony above a void not of the same kitchen area. Made from fibre-cement board, both ‘black box’ additions certainly add a new dimension to the home in which a new understorey sheltering space is inadvertently created by the combination of the kitchen to one side and balcony above. Walled by an existing horizontal timber clad wall on a third side, the introduction of two spaces has created a third, private one, and the combination really works in adding value to the home.
Featuring large, sliding windows, the inside much better communicates with the outside, and subtle details include perforated motifs and quality material junction detailing (SATORI & SCOUT loves a good ‘flush junction’). As the architect explains, “…we are always striving to strike the right balance between new and old in order to create a coherent whole, preserving the authenticity of the existing details while affirming the contemporaneity of our interventions.” SATORI & SCOUT agrees, the preservation of the old adds so much authenticity to the new.
A juxtaposition of volumes in which you can see that the home’s internal furniture matches the outside cladding options by material and colour, this new extension really does accentuate the home’s internal spaces. Enabling the kitchen’s workspace area to almost become the serving quarters for the outside as much as its conventional inside, such a piece of furniture instantly becomes the focal point for both zones. Upstairs, equally so, the balcony instructs the bed to take a more prominent role as one feels equally outside as in at times of the windows and curtains being fully open.
Discover more about the architect online at: NDArchitecture.net
Monotonal or Tri-tonal Homes?In any one space about this home there are only ever three materials at work. Combining in different quantities and surfaces, smooth timber cladding, rustic bricks, black metals and white painted walls each complement each other in a way that no space ever becomes monotonous. If monotonal, the home may feel repetitive, perhaps.
(Photography Credit : Raphael Thibodeau)