Ave Duchastel Residence Mid-Century: A 1950s House Transformed

Discover the Ave Duchastel Residence Mid-Century, designed by Salem Architecture in 2023 and located in Outremont, Montreal, Canada. This house embodies a remarkable transformation of a 1950s architecture, blending mid-century design with modern Scandinavian and Japanese influences. The property boasts expansive living spaces and a profound connection to the surrounding natural environment, making it a serene urban retreat.

Two-story modern wooden house with large glass windows, outdoor dining area, and lush landscaping.
A modern, open-concept living room with wooden ceiling, built-in shelving, and sleek furnishings.
Spacious modern living room with stone fireplace, wood-paneled ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Expansive wood-paneled interior with grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking lush greenery.
Spacious modern kitchen with sleek wooden cabinetry, gray stone countertops, and recessed lighting.
Sleek wood-paneled walls, minimalist decor, and expansive windows overlooking a lush, natural landscape.
Expansive outdoor living area with wooden deck, pool, and lush greenery beyond.
Sleek modern interior with wood-paneled wall, skylight, and curved staircase.
A modern bathroom with a circular black tub, large windows overlooking nature, and wooden accents.
Luxurious bathroom with floor-to-ceiling marble walls, sleek glass shower, and modern fixtures.
A modern, multilevel home nestled in a lush, wooded landscape, featuring a garage and landscaped exterior.
Sprawling two-story house with wooden exteriors, illuminated patio, and in-ground pool.

About Ave Duchastel Residence Mid-Century

Revitalizing a Mid-Century Marvel

The Ave Duchastel Residence Mid-Century, situated in the historic Outremont district of Montreal, underwent a significant transformation by Salem Architecture and Atelier Chardonnat in 2023. What was once a 1950s house, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style, now stands as a serene, modern home, blending in seamlessly with the lush Mount Royal forest.

Incorporating Natural Elements

The project focused on maintaining the horizontal lines prominent in the original architecture while expanding the living space to include an extra 50 square meters (538 square feet). A new linear skylight divides the existing structure from the addition, inviting natural light deep into the interiors. In the back, expansive windows build a visual bridge to the mountain’s forest, punctuated by vertically arranged IPE wood slats that balance transparency and privacy.

A Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Transition

As you move through the residence, the line between indoors and outdoors blurs, with natural materials like oak extending from the external facade into the interior spaces. Overhanging slate roofs and a facade of pale-colored brick and tin-coated copper complement the original structure, while the property’s landscaping embraces the mountaintop’s natural aesthetics, adding elements like a Zen garden with Japanese influences.

Elegant Interiors Harmonized with Art and Light

Inside, the design harmoniously mixes materials such as walnut, stone, and Shou Sugi Ban burnt wood, accentuating the space’s expansive feel. Architectural lighting and artwork curated for specific areas enrich the atmosphere, enhancing the architectural detail’s visual narrative. The home’s cathedral ceiling and textured walls add dramatic flair, balanced by carefully orchestrated straight and sinuous lines that enliven the space.

Each design decision at the Ave Duchastel Residence Mid-Century encompasses a reverence for the past with a robust engagement with contemporary design elements, creating a residence that epitomizes both natural integration and architectural excellence.

Photography by Adrien Williams
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- by Matt Watts