Dare to be Square: Modern Montreal Renovation

There's an enormous box sitting in Émilie Trudeau's home. It's the size of her master bedroom. In fact, it is her master bedroom. The box in question juts out from the upper f loor of the two-storey house's rear facade, the back wall of which is almost entirely glass.

 

 

There’s an enormous box sitting in Émilie Trudeau’s home. It’s the size of her master bedroom. In fact, it is her master bedroom. The box in question juts out from the upper f loor of the two-storey house’s rear facade, the back wall of which is almost entirely glass. It bestows a sculptural look on the back of the converted duplex in the Plateau Mont Royal. From the front, the property is inconspicuous, blending in with the other row houses on the street; no one would know it has modern Cubist aspirations.

Because of strict municipal heritage regulations, the decision to go bold in design could not take place on the greystone’s streetfront.

“There’s a lot more freedom to do something wilder in the backyard,” says architect and designer Stéphane Rasselet of the Montreal-based architecture firm _naturehumaine.