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Hickson Residence in Saint-lambert, Québec
Jan 18, 2023
Location: Saint-lambert, Québec, Canada
Photos by David Dworkind
Hickson Residence, Canada
When a young family of 3 found out they were soon going to be 4, they decided that it was time to look for a bigger home. They fell in love with the charm of a house on Montreal’s south shore designed by the architect Frank McGrath in 1981 but after 40 years of wear and tear, it was in need of a major renovation. They approached MRDK whose sensibility to detail and nostalgia would be a good fit for their renovation.
The Hickson Residence’s dilapidated greenhouse protruding from its front façade had gained a reputation for being an eyesore in the neighbourhood. MRDK’s first move was to demolish it while salvaging its concrete foundation to create a large window-well bringing southern light into the basement office. To further maximize daylight and create a convivial living space below ground, the backyard was excavated to add floor-to-ceiling windows on the back façade creating a walkout basement.
An unusable attic space off the principal bedroom was repurposed by lifting the sloping roof creating a contemporary dormer. This space houses the walkthrough closet and principal bathroom with generous south facing clerestory windows and 14′ high ceilings.
As you enter the house, you are welcomed by a sweeping staircase whose handrail, covered in lime plaster, wraps into a curved volume containing a fireplace below. The double height living room can be admired from above from the built-in desk on the mezzanine.
At the rear of the house, the kitchen and dining room are bathed in natural light from the large opening created with sliding doors opening onto a cedar patio. A large sculptural travertine island sits at the centre of the kitchen with its edge softened by an inverted demi-bullnose. A mistake in the fabrication of this island left a groove down either side of the travertine.
This became a design opportunity where these grooves were filled with strips of Rosso Levanto marble racing stripes. Travertine is found again on the backsplash of the kitchen where a large slab slides into a pocket in the wall exposing a hidden pantry beyond. All the appliances typically cluttering the countertop are hidden away in this pantry where a passthrough opening make it a practical use of space.
Hickson Residence in Saint-lambert, Québec, Canada – Building Information
Architect: Mrdk – http://www.menarddworkind.com/
Project Location: Saint-lambert, Québec, Canada
Area: 3500 Sqft
Date: June 2022
Team: David Dworkind, Guillaume Ménard, Benjamin Lavoie Laroche
Contractor: Fairfield Construction
Structural Engineer: Lbk Structure
Suppliers: Alumilex Windows, Mac Metal, Pure & Original, Benjamin Moore, Ramacieri Soligo, Gagganeau, Arrancia Lighting, Rich Brilliant & Willing, Beton Johnstone, Élement De Base, Globe Lighting, Duravit, Aquabrass, Lambert & Fils, Vaste, Art By Dan Climan
Photography: David Dworkind
Saint-lambert, Québec, Canada information / images received 180123 from Architects Mrdk
Location: Saint-lambert, Québec, Canada, North America
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