Affleck de la Riva Architects accomplished the design and improvement of Landsdowne House, a contemporary dwelling in Westmount, Montreal, Canada. As a semi-indifferent home on a hill aspect, the challenge is an essay on asymmetry. Westmount’s previous as an Anglo-Saxon enclave inside French Canada noticed the native flowering of such historic types as Arts and Crafts and Neo-Gothic. Both these types used asymmetry and informality to differentiate themselves from the extra inflexible types of French and Italian classicism.
These traditions of informality are reinterpreted in Lansdowne House to rejoice the distinction between its indifferent and related sides and its distinctive hill-aspect place. Clad in the identical black slate discovered within the neighborhood historic houses, a nook bay-window on the road and a two-storey bay-window behind the home punctuate informally organized planes of pink brick. The two storey area behind the again bay-window, an open eating-dwelling space, is the middle of household life, shifting the main target of actions from the road to the rear of the home and the backyard. Information offered viae-mail by Affleck de la Riva Architects; Photography: Marc Cramer