Snapshot: Naturehumaine reinvents a home built in the 1960s with a bright, white, contemporary setting that integrates natural light into a modern design. A minimalist aesthetic, natural tones and using modest, yet subtly eye-catching, shapes, the house blends unique architecture with the quiet, refreshing scenery of Montreal.
The Closse Residence was originally built by the owner’s father in the 1960s and found itself in need of some work after 50 years-worth of wear. Montreal based architecture firm Naturehumaine saw that the house lacked both natural light and open space and went to work. Adding large, glass pivoting doors that brings in light and a view of the surroundings, Naturehumaine created a winter vestibule that opened the house to a both a scenic view and bright sunlight.
Following a pattern of clean, crisp edges, the kitchen counter, shelving pieces and cabinets all invoke a feeling of serenity by means of unity and a peaceful palette. Making use of the northern fauna just outside, the use of whites and natural colors mix contemporary, minimalist design with aspects of nature to invoke a dynamic contrast. This juxtaposition is also apparent in the massive, stone fireplace that was left from the previous incarnation of the house (albeit renovated and restored).
While the pure and soothing design of the house serves as a beautiful backdrop, the central staircase really shines as the focal point of the residence. After removing partitions that blocked off lighting from the house, the stairs were completely redesigned into a sculptural centerpiece. Built from maple veneer, hot rolled steel and completed with frosted glass, the steps capture different angles of light and serve as a focal point that brings the natural elements of the house together.
The Closse residence forms a bond between modern minimalism with elements of the northern outdoors to create a calm and comfortable home that uses complex techniques to realize a simple and pure contemporary setting.
Photography by Adrien Williams