Holy Cross House in Southwest Montreal

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A new construction, the Holy Cross house was designed by Canada’s Thomas Balaban Architecte in the Southwest neighborhood of Montreal. Its boxy, aluminum-clad exterior echoes the look of a nearby veterans’ home in order to fit its contemporary look with that of the other architecture on the block. More than just an aesthetic choice, the metal also helps regulate the home’s passive energy by reflecting sunlight. The home is further insulated by concrete panels and polished floors, which helps to keep the space cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In the middle of the sustainable design, there is a central courtyard, which connects the indoors to the outdoors. Wooden details, from Ipé decking to heat-treated white oak, reinforce the connection among both the interior and exterior spaces and the natural environment.

Photography by Adrien Williams

 

Holly

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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