Trying to mix two different styles is not an easy thing to do, especially if we’re talking about the classic exposure of old versus new. When it comes to complementing and highlighting an old house, using modern techniques and design elements, one has to understand that the process is quite complex and …”thorny”. Some homes are simply too valuable in their essence, to be completely demolished and start all over. Usually, it’s a matter of affection towards the past and few are those who decide to completely detach from it. Now, when it comes to exploring the confluence of old architecture and the contemporary architectural language, we’ve discovered on Trendir, the Bord-du-Lac House, a traditional home with a contemporary addition designed by Henri Cleinge in Canada, that perfectly transposes the idea of harmony, by creating an artful balance between the 200 years old stone house and the new metal-clad addition.
The contemporary project was built alongside the historical house. “In this manner, the design expresses the passage of time. The strategy defined itself as a contemporary project contrasting the existing stone house, yet having an obvious relationship to the ancestral home. This idea extended to the way the spaces are defined, as two double height living rooms are at opposite ends, one in each volume, linked by a path highlighted by a bridge linking the old house to the new volume.” The house features a swimming pool wrapped in a spacious wooden deck and a gorgeous interior, decorated with elegant furniture. Wooden finishes create a warmer environment while the floor-to-ceiling windows open up the space.