Architecture Essay On Asymmetry: Landsdowne House in Montreal 1

Affleck de la Riva Architects completed the design and development of Landsdowne House, a modern dwelling in Westmount,  Montreal, Canada. As a semi-detached house on a hill side, the project is an essay on asymmetry. Westmount’s past as an Anglo-Saxon enclave within French Canada saw the local flowering of such historic styles as Arts and Crafts and Neo-Gothic. Both these styles used asymmetry and informality to distinguish themselves from the more rigid forms of French and Italian classicism.

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These traditions of informality are reinterpreted in Lansdowne House to celebrate the contrast between its detached and connected sides and its unique hill-side position. Clad in the same black slate found in the neighborhood historic homes, a corner bay-window on the street and a two-storey bay-window at the back of the house punctuate informally arranged planes of red brick. The two storey space behind the back bay-window, an open dining-living area, is the center of family life, shifting the focus of activities from the street to the rear of the house and the garden. Information provided viae-mail by Affleck de la Riva Architects; Photography: Marc Cramer

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