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Past embraces present

A link between past and present, this renovation and extension is a testament to the owner couple’s dedication to honour the architectural heritage of a quaint cottage by giving it a second life

Designed by Architecture Microclimat

From the architects:

Compact and nestled on a city lot with restrained proportions, including a narrow lateral passage and a small green inner courtyard, the original house presented some challenges for its expansion.

Meeting the owners’ desire to connect the indoor spaces to the exterior spaces without losing the home’s existing charm and intimacy would be no small feat.

The architectural response articulates a balance of old and new, with conservation and modernisation treatments of the exterior facades and of the home’s interior details.


Side view of backyard terrace.
Side view of backyard terrace.
Delicate intervention

The front façade now presents fine restorative work of its original features, typical of local duplexes: ironwork balconies, exterior cornices, and brickwork.

Refurbishing these elements reinforced the existing harmony between the house and its immediate surroundings, all while shedding light on their architectural qualities.

The back of the home, however, presents a contemporary language that is expressed through the addition of a living room.

This new volume, with proportions that match the scale of the project, allows for an extension of the home without overtaking the courtyard. Where interior meets exterior, this garden room creates a strong visual and physical symbiosis of the two spaces.

The new dining room and kitchen.
The new dining room and kitchen.

The articulation of the expansion also introduces a play of intimate terraces on two levels, one that optimises the connection with the landscape while maintaining privacy the other way.

In this continued spirit of sharing space with the current architecture, the new volume humbly extends onto the lot, adding to the intimacy through the various outdoor areas.

Inside the home, the coexistence of old and new continues courtesy of the interior restoration and modernisation programme.

The intervention first focused on breaking down barriers between rooms to create a fluid layout that better meets the needs of modern-day living.

To respect the essence of the home, the staircase, and other key elements such as the massive wooden doors and mouldings, the plaster mouldings and the cast-iron radiators were restored.

These refurbished features cast a rich and textured backdrop on which natural, elegant accents of walnut, glass, and crude steel are expressed.

The choice of finishes, as well as the scale of the extension, was carefully considered.

Through the revaluation of the residential architectural heritage, this project conveys the relevance of considering conservation work in the broader interest of sustainable development.

Credit list

Renovating architect
General contractor
Le Pierre rénovation

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Adrien Williams

18 Apr, 2021

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