Maison Carlier
Maxime Brouillet

Maison Carlier

YH2_Yiacouvakis Hamelin architectes en tant que Architects.

yh2 proudly introduces Maison Carlier, an urban densification project built on a through lot in the heart of Montreal's Little Italy district.

photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet
photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet

The project takes advantage of the uniqueness of the lot, accessible by two streets. It is built in place of a parking lot accessible from rue Henri-Julien, and the townhouse completes the construction of an existing sixplex on Drolet Street. The whole, organized around a central courtyard, creates a two-headed multiplex, a new typology for this atypical lot.

photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet

The project is defined by the meeting of two building bodies, a suspended brick volume crossed by a vertical block of wood and glass. The fragmentation of the project allows its integration into a disjointed urban context.

photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet
photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet

A floating brick volume, the main body of the building, takes up the simple geometry of the surrounding buildings. The ocher brick facing on the front facade is like a weaving interspersed with black lines attached to the frame. Fine framing the facade on the street, the side walls of black brick unfold in a vertical apparatus. The brick envelope is dematerialized on the courtyard, and the rear facade opens onto the trees in the heart of the block.

photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet

At the same time, the base, on which the body of the main building is based, but also the crowning of the building, the curved volume of glass and wood pierces the mass of brick. This vertical extrusion accompanies the ascent inside the different levels of the house.

photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet

Non-traditional distribution of uses on the different levels, the bedrooms are organized on the second floor, which is naturally less bright.

In contrast, the living rooms are located on the third floor, bathed in sunlight thanks to abundant windows to the outside. Entirely open to each other, the variations in ceiling heights delimit the uses. The glass extrusion reappears here as a skylight in the double height, expanding the space towards the sky. The staircase providing access to the roof terrace is integrated into it, and views of the city are revealed as you climb.

photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet

Through architecture comprised of simple volumes in adequacy with its context, this project stands out as a work of the materials and their implementation. It then becomes an expressive architecture whose meticulous details and variety of textures are 'Ariane's thread'.

photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet
photo_credit Maxime Brouillet
Maxime Brouillet

Team:

Architects: yh2 

Clients: Joey Mastrogiuseppe et Lisa Wolofsky

Design team: Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis, Lisa Busmey, Étienne Sédillot, Karl Choquette 

Collaborator: Ingénieurs Géniex

Contractors: Loracon Construction, Construction Cargem, Carrelage M. Clement, Maçonnerie Gy Inc.

Photographer: Maxime Brouillet

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