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Atelier L’abris’ Triplex Fabre: A Tribute to Plateau-Mont-Royal

Triplex Fabre, Montreal, CA / Atelier L'Abri

Tucked away in the charming Petit Laurier neighborhood of Montreal, the Triplex Fabre project, crafted by the talented team at Atelier L’Abri, pays homage to the rich architectural heritage of duplexes and triplexes that grace the streets of Plateau-Mont-Royal. This Montreal district is known for its picturesque facades adorned with red brick, intricate stone accents, and elegant ornamental cornices.

Triplex Fabre, Montreal, CA / Atelier L'Abri

The project’s integration into the surrounding built environment is preserved through the restoration of the original architectural components of the front facade. The reconstructed front balconies and staircase, with their simplicity, draw attention to the artisanal red clay brick and the new cornice.

Triplex Fabre, Montreal, CA / Atelier L'Abri

This triplex, which underwent a complete renovation to accommodate two generations of the same family, presented an opportunity to reconsider the typical interior layout of Montreal apartments. The aim was to create more space for natural light and facilitate movement. To achieve this, the bathroom and bedroom of each unit were kept to minimal proportions, allowing for a generous rearrangement of other living spaces, resulting in open floor plans.

Triplex Fabre, Montreal, CA / Atelier L'Abri

The rear facade underwent enlargements, and the balconies and railings were replaced and expanded, providing ample outdoor space for each unit, effectively extending the interior space. While the burgundy red distinguishes the facades of the Fabre project, the interior spaces adopt a more neutral color palette and uniform texture work, creating a serene atmosphere for the residents. The materials used within each unit harmonize with one another, contributing to a cohesive and unified ensemble.

Triplex Fabre, Montreal, CA / Atelier L'Abri

The unity of tone between the rear facade and the courtyard establishes a private space for the occupants. The backyard shed, a distinctive feature of Montreal duplexes and triplexes, is given renewed value and celebrated through a new siding of white corrugated sheet metal. The landscaping concept embraces the material palette of the rear facade and encourages interaction with the vibrant alleyway.

Triplex Fabre, Montreal, CA / Atelier L'Abri

The design-build approach was implemented in the project by the collaborative efforts of Atelier L’Abri and Modulor Construction. The layout of the units, outdoor spaces, and material selection were carefully crafted in partnership with the family, whose sons specialize in design and construction. The renovation of the triplex allowed the two brothers to actively participate in the project, with one brother holding a degree in architecture and the other skilled in carpentry. The outcome of this design process is a thoughtful project that establishes a strong bond with both its surroundings and the people who reside within it.

Image courtesy of Alex Lesage