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Modern Lajeunesse Residence by naturehumaine


Montréal-based architectural practice, naturehumaine, has designed the Lajeunesse Residence project. Completed in 2013, The two-storey property is located in Montréal, Canada.

The Canadian architects were hired by a young couple to completely renovate their home, which once belonged to their grandfather. The property is now occupied by the third generation of the same family.


According to the architects: “The client wanted to combine the two existing apartments into a single family house on two levels. Their request was that we created something modern and bright. Due to the noisy street at the front of the house, the main living spaces were placed at the back facing north creating the challenge of bringing direct sunlight into these spaces. A double height light-well topped with a skylight, aids in bringing light to the centre of the house.

“On the ground floor, a wall of translucent sliding panels protects the living spaces from unwanted gazes from the street as well as acting as a vestibule in winter. A plywood handrail wraps around the stair and folds at the base becoming a long bench for the dining table. Two intersecting steel bars are suspended over the dining table acting as both a sculptural element and the direct and indirect lighting for the dining area. A simple interior design pallet unifies the custom furniture around the house; folded steel plates, white wooden shelves, and Russian plywood. A play of angled white steel tubes supports the dining table, the kitchen island, and a glass handrail. The final result is humble and cosy, with each object falling naturally into place.”

Images courtesy of Adrien Williams


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 11, 2014 | Property | View comments

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