Architect Guillaume Lévesque has converted an 1880s duplex in Montreal, Canada, into a multi-unit and harmonize the original style of the building with a decidedly contemporary and uncluttered addition. The original 60m2 building has been fully restored and converted into two light-filled apartments, complete with large 3.65-meter-high side windows carved into the brick wall. At the same time, the 180 sqm contemporary addition is built at the back, clad in a sober façade of black metal panels.
The studio has restored the 19th-century house and converted it into two apartments: a two-floor 4 ½ and a 3 ½ on the second floor. The two apartments are wrapped in a brick wall exterior, while both have an open plan with abundant fenestration. The attic has been completely covered with new slate tiles, while the dormers and woodworking have been entirely rebuilt.
Built at the back of the existing building, the 180 sqm contemporary addition extends on three levels, while it is clad in a façade of black metal panels that gives the whole a neat finish. The basement includes a double garage with concealed door and storage rooms, while the ground floor houses the living room, which opens through large sliding doors onto a 4m x 12m outdoor terrace. The second floor contains the master bedroom, two bathrooms, and a living room which can also be used as a guest bedroom. All spaces in the townhouse are brightly lit thanks to ample natural light that enters through large glass openings.
“I am very proud of the design work and site monitoring that we have accomplished at Alexandre-de-Sève townhouse,” says Montreal-based architect Guillaume Lévesque. “When I first visited the building with the clients, I knew it was going to be a great challenge. I immediately saw the potential of retaining the heritage of the existing building while adding a contemporary volume. This project would not exist today without the meticulous work of the contractor and craftsmen, engineers, team of architects, and landscape architect as well as the rigorous follow-up of clients.”