Residence LeJeune by Maxime Moreau from MXMA

Residence LeJeune by Maxime Moreau from MXMA

Architects: Maxime Moreau from MXMA
Location: Montréal, Canada
Year: 2013
Area: 835 sq. ft / 77 sq. m
Photo courtesy: Adrien Williams

The LeJeune Residence, situated in the heart of the Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough of Montreal, Canada, was inherent 1890. Its change did in 2013, included a play between city imperatives and the customers’ vision.


The precinct’s local laws required the protection and remaking of the façade’s unique structural segments and the customers needed a fearlessly contemporary venture. Design Open Form tended to the test of these apparently opposing requests with an inventive arrangement that took into account both.


The clients and their system

The clients, two or three set up experts with an affinity for photography, workmanship and design, had significant involvement with private undertakings. They had modernized their past homes themselves, giving careful consideration to detail and materials. With the LeJeune Residence, nonetheless, they chose to contract a modeler to guarantee that the configuration would reflect and react to their moderate way of life, encapsulated by their basic however exquisite taste.


In 2012, they chose to offer their advanced home in suburbia to come back to live in Montreal’s Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough, one of the city’s most imaginative neighborhoods. They obtained a duplex that initially housed the men of the hour who administered to the steeds and carriages of residents who lived on the close-by prestigious Saint Joseph Boulevard. Their objective was to change the building, which was in a propelled condition of disintegration, into a solitary family home with open living spaces, adaptability in the utilization of rooms and an inside design that opened to an outside patio nursery.


In spite of the delicacy of the current building and its structure, the proprietors imagined an engineering approach that was maintainable, intense and high caliber, and in the meantime aware of the memorable qualities of the 125-year-old building.


Come back to unique engineering segments

Despite the fact that the outside dividers of the building, including the façade, had been secured with metal cladding in the mid-twentieth century to ensure the first wood clapboard and to lessen the danger of fire spread, the ward required the arrival of the façade’s wood siding in its unique structure. It additionally required the reclamation of the façade’s wooden cornice and its six-segment strong pine windows encircled by wood moldings.



Outfitted with the yearning both to review the façade’s development, and in this way regard of the district’s Site Planning and Architectural Integration local law, and to apply a contemporary and nervy building dialect to it, modeler Maxime Moreau considered the façade as an investigation that would regard and revive existing elements with striking new intercessions.


He recommended that the façade’s unique compositional parts be restored and recolored with a dark shade (reminiscent of cutting edge craftsmanship and design). This methodology fulfilled both the district’s protection prerequisites and the proprietors’ gutsy tastes. Moreover, the monochrome façade suitably recommended a confounding work, a point-zero, a fresh start for both the building and its proprietors.


In the daytime, the dark stain makes the points of interest of the façade hard to perceive however its most rudimentary structures are made clear. The mosquito screens, which create an ageless impact with various shades of dark, disguise the genealogical windows. During the evening, in any case, the building is changed into a noteworthy house, and the windows wake up. Inside light uncovered their divisions and outside lighting uncovers their subtle elements, and also the type of the façade’s clapboard and the ornamentation of its cornice.


As the building is small (just 77 m2, or 835 square feet), the enhancement of its inside spaces was a critical and vital part of the outline process. What’s more, the proprietors’ vision and way of life called for open living spaces on the ground floor and the collaboration of the inside with the terrace. Their longing to “live outside” amid the hotter seasons prompted the augmentation of the inside living spaces onto a porch that was composed with the same thoughtfulness regarding solace and quality as the home’s inside. The qualification in the middle of inside and outside is inconspicuous since the space was viewed in general. The back outside divider was opened along the whole width of the lounge because of a 13 all inclusive, floor-to-roof sliding entryway. Amid the late spring, the lounge room furniture is moved outside to the patio, which is at the same level. This characteristic expansion of the home’s living space permits the proprietors to appreciate living outside however much as could be expected. Moreover, even in the colder seasons, the chimney and the patio nursery can be delighted in as much from within as all things considered, obscuring the limits between the two.


The enhancement of living space permitted the designer to meet their customers’ yearning for an exceptional and moderate way of life. Spaces and furniture serve untraditional capacities. For instance, rather than a run of the mill lounge area, there is an open space zone between the kitchen, front room and porch, with furniture custom-made to the tenants’ needs. While they by and large eat at the kitchen island, they additionally have the choice of serving dinners on a low end table that overlap and ascends to shape a more customary lounge area table. This adaptability of practical space and straightforward furniture makes it significantly less demanding to turn outward and move the feasting region outside amid the late spring. The contemporary white furniture compares impeccably with the wood patio, with its long seat, its light hid in a specialty and its wall for security.


The home’s two-story passage vestibule, splendidly lit by a suspended gem that serves as a light installation, invites guests and gives a figment of glory. The dark library gives a difference in the move between the passageway and living ranges. The inherent furniture structures the spaces by associating capacities to one another in a sound design group. The materials and shades of the furniture characterize distinctive regions and upgrade the feeling of magnificence and smoothness of the inside spaces.


Savvy lighting is key to great outline, and this is especially valid in little spaces. In this living arrangement, the nonattendance of physical limits between the capacities builds the living space, as well as reacts to the dynamic way of life of its tenants. An assortment of settled and mobile lighting installations were introduced on the roof and dividers to make the likelihood of a few lighting ambiances that can be balanced by utilization of the space and the disposition and solace of its tenants. These ambiances range from full brightening for work to delicate lighting for unwinding.

Subsequently, in a moderate space with little design, Architecture Open Form has made a complete space that meets the proprietors’ distinctive needs and welcomes peacefulness and internal peace. The effortlessness of the space does not constrain at all the quality and the solace of the home. The furniture is moderate and downplayed, further adjusting to its clients’ way of life.

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