Boîte à Lumière by Naturehumaine [architecture+design]

Step into Boîte à Lumière, a harmonious blend of history and modernity in Montreal’s vibrant Rosemont-Petite-Patrie district. Naturehumaine [architecture+design] meticulously transformed a 1940s “shoebox” house, fusing the original structure with a luminous, modern extension. This renovated home now offers an oasis of calm with a central courtyard, sky-lit interiors, and a harmonious balance of private and communal spaces, all while embracing the surrounding urban pulse.

Modern minimalist dining area with wood paneling and a freestanding fireplace.
Modern minimalist interior with wooden furniture and white staircase.
Modern interior with floating white staircase and wooden accents.
Modern kitchen with white cabinets, wooden accents, and a skylight.
Modern kitchen with white cabinets, skylight, and wooden accents.
Minimalist white kitchen interior with a staircase and natural light.
Modern hallway with herringbone floor and built-in bookshelf.
Modern bedroom with large window overlooking a patio.
Modern bathroom with white hexagonal tiles and dotted floor.
Minimalist white bathroom with curved walls and a dotted floor design.
Modern bathroom with black hexagonal tiles and white fixtures.
Modern terrace with wooden decking and black facade, featuring large glass doors.
Red brick house with white porch and green lawn.

About Boîte à Lumière

Shoebox House Gets a Modern Makeover

A classic “shoebox” house in Rosemont-Petite-Patrie gets a new life. These small, one-story houses, built in the 1940s, are local landmarks. Our team kept the original front look but added a smart, second floor. Now, there’s a cozy terrace with a view.

Bright Spaces for Art Lovers

The house is redesigned for a couple who love art and architecture. Their main wish was for a bright, inviting home. We made this happen with skylights that spread soft light everywhere, just like in a famous museum in Barcelona.

Inside-Out Harmony

The layout is simple. The original part of the house has common areas like the living room. Upstairs, there are bedrooms and offices. The new part has a workshop and a guest room. It even has a garden on the roof. A cool staircase connects it all, with light coming down from above. Inside, there’s lots of white oak and soft colors that make it feel peaceful. Outside, black steel adds a modern touch and gives some privacy.

Photography by Ronan Mézière

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- by Matt Watts