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Artistic heart

Classic-looking from the street and yet highly contemporary from the rear yard, on the inside this house emphasises space, sculptural forms, and black and white tones – a beguiling atmosphere is the result

Designed by la SHED architecture

From the architects:

Looking out on La Fontaine Park in Montréal, this home, with its high level of contrast and impressive scenery, is inspired by the architecture of early-century mansions.

This classic influence predominates in the overall design of the house, with regard to both space organisation and the choice of atmosphere, materials, and furniture.


The carefully restored facade facing the street rivals the elegance of the back facade, which is entirely made up of windows and opens onto the backyard. These facades reflect the interior of the home and provide perfect continuity, both in terms of the materials used and the graphic effects created.

This gorgeous, purposefully minimalist home is not lacking in warmth, through the choice of finishes, its textures, its architectural details, and the careful balance of black and white interacting with soft shades of comforting grey.

Located at the heart of the home, the staircase winds its way up through the three floors in a spectacular manner, bridging the gap between the various spaces. 

Atop this sculpture, which is truly architectural in nature, is an immense skylight, which illuminates and highlights the staircase’s eye-catching curves.

Thin, carved partitions curve around and envelop the wooden steps. Translucent glass partitions, placed on both sides of the staircase, allow light to enter, while only subtly revealing what is behind, creating remarkable light effects and a mysterious depth.

The living room, located at the front of the house, is the perfect setting to unwind and have discussions in front of the marble fireplace.

The room, painted in a comforting grey, is organised in the conventional manner of mansions, particularly through the centred, symmetrical perspectives created by the double windows looking out at the park and the narrow double doors leading to the kitchen.

With an entire wall of windows facing the backyard, the kitchen and dining room take advantage of both the abundant natural light and direct contact with the outdoors.

The kitchen successfully combines elegance and functionality. Planned with formal entertaining and gourmet meal preparation in mind, it is organised around a large white marble island with matte black cabinets, for a minimalist look.

The island is detached on all sides and raised from the floor by thin steel legs, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness in the room. 

Perfectly integrated concealed doors offer the possibility of hiding or revealing a second countertop, which can be accessed on both sides.

The basement bathroom is designed with guests in mind and delivers a surprising experience which was inspired by bathrooms in the finest restaurants.

A cylindrical basin was installed on the floor in front of a partition mirror, hiding the facilities, in a space with a theatrical feel that opens onto the staircase and faces the illuminated wine cellar.

Refined detailing and clean transitions add to the simplicity of the spaces and reflect a sophistication that encompasses both abundance and restraint.

The end result provides a perfect balance between classic and modern styles. 

Credit list

Project
Maison du Parc
Architect
la SHED architecture

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Maxime Brouillet

24 May, 2020