Microclimat introduces Alma Residence, the transformation of a Montreal duplex from the early century into an intimate and spacious single-family home...

Alma Residence by Microclimat

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From the architect: While the restored front facade respects the architectural language of the original duplex, the work connecting the other facades to the exterior is decidedly contemporary. By creating a living space that emphasizes tranquility, fulfillment, and brightness, the project demonstrates qualities highly valued in urban settings.

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Attentive to finding the right balance between a dense program and offering comfortable living spaces, the project reflects a subtle interplay of contraction and expansion of spaces. From the double-height kitchen at the heart of the house, one transitions to the cozy lower-ceiling living room, where openings frame the backyard landscape.

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Staircases are placed along the party wall so as not to clutter up the living spaces, and are topped by a skylight, bathing them in soft light. Nestled in a new mezzanine built on the roof of the residence, the master bedroom, with its spacious and elegant bathroom and two terraces at the tree canopy level, is a true oasis of privacy.

Alma Residence by Microclimat

The project draws strength from its unconventional location. With its side courtyard, Alma Residence distinguishes itself from the neighboring house. What it sacrifices in surface area, it gains in quality of light, connection to the outdoors, and privacy.

Alma Residence by Microclimat

The surfaces and materials have been carefully selected to create the warmest possible dialogue with this raw material, which is both constant and changing throughout the day; from the plunging light flowing through the grooves in the kitchen walls to the warm light animating the grain of the wood, and from shimmering effects dancing on the molded vaults of the ceiling to diffuse light in the vaporous waves of the curtains. Enriched by these attentions and details favoring textures and contrasts, the spaces are shaped by small touches and give life to meaningful and harmonious places.

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Defying the challenges of urban proximity, Alma House is a luminous bubble of comfort and softness in the heart of the city, embodying the original desire of all architecture: to create protective and pleasant places to live...quite simply.

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Architect: Microclimat
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Year: 2023
Collaborators: Meliora, Jamais Assez, EDB
Photography: Félix Michaud

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Alma Residence by Microclimat

Microclimat introduces Alma Residence, the transformation of a Montreal duplex from the early century into an intimate and spacious single-family home...

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