La Maison Beaumont by
Henri Cleinge Architecte

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Canadian architect Henri Cleinge built a house for himself in Montreal with concrete walls inside and out.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Seen from the front entrance, La Maison Beaumont comprises two concrete volumes of two storeys each.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Architect and homeowner Henri Cleinge raised one of the concrete volumes on a Corten steel base to create an entrance on the ground floor and an extra storey at the top.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Corten steel was also used to define the window frames and parts of the exterior walls.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

The walls are exposed both outside and inside, so rigid insulation was placed inside the concrete during the pouring process.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

The cedar ceilings and maple staircase contrast with the walls, while walnut has been used throughout the kitchen.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

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La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

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La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Photographs by Marc Cramer.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Here's some more information from the architect:


Inspired to create a home to be experienced by all five senses, the Beaumont concrete house evolved as an exploration project. The design, understated, is situated in a mixed use neighborhood where residential duplexes coexist with small to midsize industrial buildings. Despite the project's integration, a number of features distinguish the project from other buildings in the area.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

In contrast to the superimposed typology of apartment units located on the ground floor and second floor, the Beaumont house challenges this spatial composition by creating a modular square plan where one unit is situated on the ground and second floor, and a second unit is located on the second and third floor. This spatial tour de force is a response to the programme and sun movement, allowing each unit exposure to three orientations rather than two and to take full advantage of southern sunlight.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

The house most noticeable feature, however, is the fact that nearly all exterior walls are built out of concrete exposed to the interior and the outside, with insulation in the middle. Combining rich primary materials to large modular square volumes filled with an abundance of natural light, the house contains a series of framed experiences.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

The central space is the largest volume where a double height living room is defined by concrete and wood surfaces which foil off each other. The softness of the walnut cabinetry and the cedar ceiling contrast the hard textured concrete walls. The pallet of materials is reduced and disciplined. Cedar ceilings and concrete floors are used throughout. Secondary elements such as Walnut furniture with black granite surfaces are also featured.

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Data sheet

Project: Beaumont House
Location: Montreal
Client: Henri Cleinge
Architect: Henri Cleinge, architect
Project Architect: Henri Cleinge
Team: Henri Cleinge, Michel Lefebvre
Structural Engineer: César Zelaya
General Contractor: Bâtitu
Area: 3200 square feet
Date of completion: 2011

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Above: ground floor plan

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Above: first floor plan

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Above: second floor plan

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Above: side elevation

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Above: front elevation

La Maison Beaumont by Henri Cleinge Architecte

Above: cross-section

  • http://www.builtfabricblog.blogspot.com archirube

    Lots of drama and atmosphere in these spaces!

  • http://www.designsourcebook.net owls house london.

    Mmm, concrete AND corten – how fabulous!

  • Paul

    I am not sure about the big window of the upper apartment towards the garden. It must be a strange feeling when someone can always look directly into your garden.

  • TurnItUpto11

    Looks like a wonderful place to be.

  • http://twitter.com/normalmachine @normalmachine

    I am not sure if pointing out the exact location of this house would be disrespectful. However, yesterday, after coming across this post, I happened to randomly walk by it. The way the building is integrated into the area is something remarkable, for the neighborhood itself is a fantastic example of modest modern structures blended into older townhouses, loft spaces and warehouses.

    • Noah

      Can you at least share what neighborhood it’s in?