Project: Old House with Renovated Contemporary Interior
Architects: Henri Cleinge Architecte
Project Architect: Henri Cleinge
Team: Henri Cleinge, Paulette Taillefer
Structural Engineer: César Zelaya
General Contractor: Abitec
Cabinetry and custom built furniture: Kastella
Area: 9900 square feet
Location: Dorval, Quebec, Canada
Photography: Marc Cramer
Chemin Bord du Lac is a 200-year-old stone house renovated and expanded by Montréal-based Henri Cleinge Architecte. Located in Dorval, Quebec, Canada, this old stone house was turned into a modern and cozy home. Two styles beautiful blended but with clear lines between traditional and modern.
Approached to renovate a 200 year old Quebec stone house and to design a significant addition, we were 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 front.
The program 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 program 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.