150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)
Architect: Henri Cleinge Architecte
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Photography: Marc Cramer
The Beaumont House is a duplex residential building situated in a mix-use neighborhood where residential units coexist with small to mid-size industrial buildings. Its concrete skin, exposed on the exterior and in the interior, is its most distinguishing feature. Each unit contains a large, double-height living room composed of concrete and wood surfaces, which act as foils to each other.
The layout of the duplexes allows each unit to take advantage of southern sunlight.
Concrete deflects sound; wood and fabric absorb it better because they are much softer. Consider using them to minimize reverberation.
Using only concrete in an interior space can make it feel cold. In combination with wood, which adds a sense of comfort and warmth, it can make a space seem honest and simple.
Textures play an important role in interior design. They can be rough or smooth, hard or soft, matte or glossy. Vary them and create contrast with opposites.