Interior (in collaboration with Christian Bélanger Design)
As the building is tiny (only 77 m2, or 835 square feet), the optimization of its interior spaces was a crucial and integral part of the design process. In addition, the owners’ vision and lifestyle called for open living spaces on the ground floor and the interaction of the interior with the backyard. Their desire to "live outside" during the warmer seasons led to the extension of the interior living spaces onto a terrace that was designed with the same attention to comfort and quality as the home’s interior. The distinction between inside and outside is subtle since the space was considered a whole. The rear exterior wall was opened along the entire width of the living room thanks to a 13-foot-wide, floor-to-ceiling sliding door. During the summer, the living room furniture is moved outside to the terrace, which is at the same level. This natural extension of the home’s living space allows the owners to enjoy living outdoors as much as possible. Furthermore, even in the colder seasons, the fireplace and the garden can be enjoyed as much from the inside as from the outside, blurring the boundaries between the two.
The optimization of living space allowed the architect to meet their clients’ desire for a unique and minimalist lifestyle. Spaces and furniture serve untraditional functions. For example, instead of a typical dining room, there is an open space area between the kitchen, living room and terrace, with furniture tailored to the occupants’ needs. While they generally eat at the kitchen island, they also have the option of serving meals on a low coffee table that folds and rises to form a more traditional dining room table. This flexibility of functional space and simple furnishings makes it even easier to turn outward and move the dining area outside during the summer. The contemporary white furniture juxtaposes perfectly with the wood terrace, with its long bench, its light concealed in a niche and its fence for privacy.
The home’s two-storey entrance vestibule, brightly lit by a suspended work of art that doubles as a light fixture, welcomes visitors and provides an illusion of grandeur. The black library provides a contrast in the transition between the entrance and living areas. The built-in furniture structures the spaces by connecting functions to each other in a coherent architectural ensemble. The materials and colours of the furniture define different areas and enhance the sense of grandeur and fluidity of the interior spaces.
Wise lighting is essential to good design, and this is particularly true in small spaces. In this residence, the absence of physical boundaries between the functions not only increases the living space, but also responds to the dynamic lifestyle of its occupants. A variety of fixed and movable lighting fixtures were installed on the ceiling and walls to create the possibility of several lighting ambiances that can be adjusted according to the use of the space and the mood and comfort of its occupants. These ambiances range from full illumination for work to soft lighting for relaxation.
Thus, in a minimalist space with little decoration, Architecture Open Form has created a complete space that meets the owners’ different needs and invites serenity and inner peace. The simplicity of the space does not limit in any way the quality and the comfort of the home. The furniture is minimalist and understated, further aligning to its users’ lifestyle.