Aiming to develop a real estate heritage for a young family from the Montreal’s Rosemont district, Studio Jean Verville architectes designed NMBHD residential project offering spatial investigations while reshaping the typology of the Montreal triplex. The playful approach proposed by the architect enabled Nancy-Marie, Hugo, and little Jules to question their relationship to functionality as well as to compactness within their domestic spaces.
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“From a non-linear research process, a working team was born, inseparable from a deep friendship”, say Nancy-Marie, Hugo and Jules.
NMBHD, 1 plex 3 noses
I am a combination of familiar realities, an assemblage of fragments of my neighborhood
I am a lively citizen, a shared narrative to challenge individuality
I am a burst plex, tested and approved for compactness
I am one, two, three gardens, above, below, in front, behind
I am a studio, youngest of the trio, a conversation with my tabby neighbor
I am a high-perched terrace apartment, a sprouted hairstyle
I am a house on the courtyard side, a tower on four levels
I am a perforated brick tunic, a garland of golden winks
I am a shadow promenade, an escape for the gardener
I am an uninhibited family nest, a castle for children, young and old
I am a living building…
Jean Verville, Ph.D. art
For the last 20 years, the architect has been developing a practice integrating gamification of the architectural project development process with clients in order to integrate experiences with an artistic dimension.
His production has won numerous national and international awards. Jean Verville has also been named professor at the School of Architecture at Laval University, Canada.
“Jean Verville’s practice lies at the border between traditional professions and multidisciplinary creative practices that revolve around these, happily blurring the boundaries that tend to restrict their respective scope”, says Jacques White director, Laval University School of Architecture, Canada.
“As cities expand, skylines grow ever taller, and architects search for innovative ways to house the world’s booming population, there has never been a more crucial time to reexamine the way we live. Jean Verville’s work does exactly this, using an artist’s sensibility to create domestic spaces that are not just functional, but uplifting, too”, quotes Jeremy Freed, SHARP MAGAZINE.
About Studio Jean Verville architectes
Studio Jean Verville architectes consists of a multidisciplinary team working under the direction of architect Tania Paula Garza Rico. The complementary skills of team members contribute to the variability of the Studio’s output. Currently, the team is working on the development of a 3000 m2 dental complex, personalized houses and apartments, a forest castle, and an immersive architectural installation for a public art festival in Asia.
Facts & Credits
Project title NMBHD
Typology Multifamily dwelling (triplex)
Location Montréal, Canada
Years of construction 2019-2020
Architecture Studio Jean Verville architectes
Lead architect Jean Verville
Special collaborators Nancy-Marie Bélanger, Hugo Didier
Studio Jean Verville architects
Tania Paula Garza Rico (studio director)
Rémi St-Pierre (technical director)
France Goneau (artistic advisor)
Cabinetmaking Ébénisterie CST Enr.
Washbasins Hugo Didier ceramist
Photography Special collaboration / Félix Michaud + studio Jean Verville architectes
Area: 63 m2
Number of bedrooms: 1
Garden: 15 m2
Area: 197 m2
Number of bedrooms: 4
Garden: 108 m2
The terrace apartment
Area: 104 m2
Number of bedrooms: 2
Terrace garden : 37 m2