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Contemporary architectural design at Bord-du-Lac House


Montreal-based architectural practice, Henri Cleinge, have designed the Bord-du-Lac House project. Completed in 2012, the luxury family home can be found in Dorval, Québec, Canada.

The architect was approached to renovate a 200-year-old Quebec stone house and to design a significant addition, Cleinge was challenged to define a clear conceptual approach which would reconcile a contemporary architectural language to the ancestral home. The original structure once belonged to the Hudson Bay Company and had the main entrance facing the river, where the old road was situated. Over time, a new road was built on the back side of the house, which now became the entrance.


The programme required sheltering four generations: the great grandfather, the grandparents and the children in the old house and the parents in the addition.


This led to the idea of drawing a parallel between the multi-generational component of the programme and the fact that a contemporary project would be built alongside a historical house. In this manner, the design expresses the passage of time. The strategy defined itself as a contemporary project contrasting the existing stone house, yet having an obvious relationship to the ancestral home. This idea extended to the way the spaces are defined, as two double height living rooms are at opposite ends, one in each volume, linked by a path highlighted by a bridge linking the old house to the new volume.

The interior design of this Canadian property is contemporary but very welcoming, the use of exposed beams and high ceilings give the house a cozy feel. However, the monochromatic look in the main living rooms is wonderful.

Images courtesy of Marc Cramer

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October 24, 2013 | Property | View comments

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