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Alexandre-de-Sève Town House in Montréal

10 Sep 2020

Alexandre-de-Sève Town House

Architects: Guillaume Lévesque architect

Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

In 2017, the owners of Alexandre-de-Sève Town House contacted Montreal architect Guillaume Lévesque for a very unique renovation project. They wanted to transform an old 1880s duplex into a multi-unit and harmonize the original style of the building with a decidedly contemporary and uncluttered addition.

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

Restoring a 19th-century house while retaining the heritage and creating a contemporary addition is quite a challenge.

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The original 60 sqm building has been fully restored and converted into two apartments: a two-floor 4 ½ and a 3 ½ on the second floor.

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

Both apartments have an open plan with abundant fenestration with large 3.65m high side windows carved into the brick wall. The attic has been completely covered with new slate tiles. The dormers and woodworking have been completely rebuilt.

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

Addition of a contemporary townhouse
A 180 sqm contemporary addition on three levels was also built at the back of the building. The basement includes a double garage with concealed door and storage rooms. The living room on the ground floor opens through large sliding doors onto a 4m x 12m outdoor terrace. It covers the driveway to the garage in the basement and offers a magnificent space for a dining room and sunny outdoor living room. The second floor contains the master bedroom, two bathrooms, and a living room which can also be a guest bedroom.

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

The addition includes large openings providing all interior spaces with a considerable amount of natural light. A sober facing of black metal panels covers the contemporary addition and gives the whole a neat finish.

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

Overcoming Constraints
The Ville-Marie borough required that the existing building be preserved and restored. A challenge that the team of architects, accompanied by tinsmith craftsmen, cabinet makers, and masons, has successfully taken up.

“I am very proud of the design work and site monitoring that we have accomplished at Alexandre-de-Sève townhouse. When I first visited the building with the clients, I knew it was going to be a great challenge. I immediately saw the potential of retaining the heritage of the existing building while adding a contemporary volume. This project would not exist today without the meticulous work of the contractor and craftsmen, engineers, team of architects, and landscape architect as well as the rigorous follow-up of clients.” – Guillaume Lévesque, architect

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

Alexandre-de-Sève Town House in Montréal, Québec – Building Information

Design: Guillaume Lévesque architect
Typology: Residential
Location: Montréal, Quebec
Project: Town house and 2 housing units
Area: 310 m2
Status: Completed in 2020

Design team:
Collaborating architect: Matisse Aubin Thuot
Structural engineer and general contractor: GENIEX
Mechnanical / electrical engineer: Group Cémec Inc,
Landscape architect: L’espace paysage, Martine Boudreault
Photo credit: Charles Lanteigne photo

About Guillaume Lévesque architecte
Since 2010, Guillaume Lévesque Architect firm realized over 120 residential and institutional projects for private clients and for community and public organizations in the North (Nunavik) and other regions across Quebec.

The firm specializes in architectural design, technical advice, feasibility studies, analysis of existing buildings, and coordination of permits with municipalities and building engineers, as well as site supervision.

Volunteer and engagement
Guillaume Lévesque is also involved with Architecture Without Borders Québec (AWBQ) and initiated the Kitcisakik Mission in 2009 with the aim of creating a knowledge transfer and residential renovation project in order to help indigenous populations renovate the buildings themselves. His commitment earned him an Award of Excellence from the Ordre des architectes du Québec in 2011 and the Governor General’s medal in architecture in 2012.

Alexandre-de-Seve Town House Montreal

Photographer: Charles Lanteigne photo

Alexandre-de-Sève Town House, Montréal images / information received 090920 from v2com newswire

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