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Today we’re flying to Villeray, a vibrant district that lies to the northwest of the Canadian city’s downtown area. Here we can find the Gounod Residence that was entirely renovated by Appareil Architecture. Our favorite part? The stunning modern floor lamps that brought more light to the interior of this Montreal duplex.
Warm interior finishes, such as ash and walnut wood, were chosen for the floors and ceilings. The architects also painted all interior walls white, which created brighter living spaces.
The front facade of this 1920s building was completely redone and the foundations were restored using original materials. The studio restored existing elements of the structure, extending the home with an additional floor, what allowed the firm to create new patio spaces.
“The team gave a new lease of life to the duplex’s existing structure, now transformed into a single-family dwelling,” said the studio.
The duplex of four-bedroom has a double-height dining area, which is connected to the kitchen and living room. Climbing up a compact staircase with wooden treads leads to the second floor, which contains two smaller bedrooms that share a bathroom off the landing.
This floor also contains a home office overlooking the dining area below. The top floor addition is entirely reserved for the master suite.
The homeowners each have their own bathroom and closet, in addition to sharing an outdoor space that can be accessed from the bedroom or hallway.
The rooftop extension contrasts the original brick facade, and is clad in dark metal panels. On the inside, the architects sought to unify the social spaces by removing partitions to let light in.
New windows were also opened in the back of the home, giving residents a renewed view of their own back yard.
“The huge windows that are now featured on the rear facade offer a greater amount of light inside and a deep view of the charming little lane that runs along the building,” said the firm.
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