Live/work house in Montreal filled with natural light by NatureHumaine

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Alexandra Residence is a new two story live/work house completed in 2013 by studio NatureHumaine, located in the Mile-Ex district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The client’s priority was to maximize the natural light in their new 3,300 square foot home. This was made challenging by the east-west orientation of the infill lot. However, the architect’s design fills even the core of the house with light through the implementation of a 2 storey light-well which runs the length of the southern side of the house.

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From the architect: Additional light is reflected into this light-well by the client’s office space – a white volume that sits atop the northern edge light-well. Spaces on the second storey also benefit from the light well’s luminosity; the walls adjacent to it are fully glazed and a floor to ceiling piece of frosted glass brings a very soft light into the bathroom.

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The expressive back facade of the house is defined by the angular geometry of the floating steel box. The front facade, however, is composed primarily of bricks to conform with the heritage character of the neighbourhood. Two disjuncted apertures break up the brick façade and are lined in aluminum. As only one side of the brick was glazed, a random mix of forward and backward facing bricks were laid to create a more dynamic façade.

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Photos: Adrien Williams

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