Le François-René by Maurice Martel Architecte: Urban Comfort with A Healthy and Pleasant Environment

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Located on Châteaubriand Avenue in Montreal’s Rosemont-Petite-Patrie neighborhood, Canada, Le François-René six exceptional, thoroughly contemporary residences. These residences are designed by Maurice Martel Architecte and completed in June 2015. It is an awesome project where urban comfort provides a healthy and pleasant environment in the heart of the city.

The Site

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This project is located in Montreal’s Rosemont-Petite-Patrie neighborhood, in the midst of a condo boom and the developer Maître Carré has taken on the mission of creating a sustainable breath of fresh air to the industry. These residences are set amidst a traditional streetscape of attached duplexes and triplexes with standard zoning that allows for two new triplexes.

 

Design

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It is a project of a multi-unit residential that meets the highest standards of construction quality and sustainability. It gives young families a healthy and pleasant environment in the heart of the city. Each townhouse has a private parking space, a shed, a lawn, a wooden deck, a yard, and a basement to provide the comfort of the suburban single-family home.

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Each unit is also fully wired for an optional electric-vehicle charging station and the dwellings Novoclimat 2.0 certification to compliance with a high government-set standard. Natural gas is chosen for appliances and heating to improve the comfort of each home while reducing energy costs.

 

Materials

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It is a project with a deep passion for contemporary architecture where plenty of room is allowed to flourish. Some interior and exterior details are custom-made while the facade reveals a strong desire to instill a contemporary character through the design of the stairs and brickwork.

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The light grey-brown brick is tempered by a header layout to break up the uniformity of the façade and preserving a streamlined style. There is also a subtle arrangement of header bricks instead of the ornamental wood of traditional cornices. The texture of the brick marks the boundary between the condominiums and townhouses with the inverse layout.

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The stairs are custom-designed and built by the architects, including the 90-degree turn to make the most of the limited space available. Each townhouse has a small front yard with perforated aluminum railings designed to be suitable for climbing vegetation, providing vitality, privacy, natural air filtration, and noise abatement. The large, generous windows offer a variety of shapes, designed to optimize the amount of natural light that enters.

 

Le François-René Gallery

 

Photographer: Adrien William Photographer

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