the project merges contemporary and classic danish designs for flora danica, a high-end brasserie, and copenhague, a fine dining restaurant.
Maison Terrebonne was designed to take the place of the old dwelling, but to replicate some of its characteristics. This prompted La Shed Architecture to work with the same footprint, and to create staggered floors inside.
“Although certainly contemporary, the new residence is built on the same foundations as the original house while preserving one of its principal characteristics – split levels,” said the architects, whose previous projects include a house with a bright orange staircase.
“This principle is at the very heart of this building’s new architecture,” they added.
The house is located on a Montreal site surrounded by woodland. Its predecessor had a garage tacked onto one side, but here the car parking space is more open, sheltered within the volume of the building.
This arrangement reduced the size of the ground floor, but also increased the available area upstairs, making the split-level floor plan possible.
There are three levels in total. The entrance level contains a lobby and a small office, the middle level accommodates the living and dining spaces, and the uppermost level houses the master bedroom.
There is only one occupant, so very few partition walls or doors were necessary inside the building. Instead, a boxy white volume at the centre of the plan forms a simple screen, and also conceals bathroom spaces.
“The three split levels are each designed for a distinct set of functions that help establish a clear hierarchy between intimate and communal zones,” said the architects.
“At the crossroads of all these levels is located a pure white block that naturally reinforces the intimacy between zones and around which gravitates circulation within the home,” they added.