150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Beaumont House

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.

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The layout of the duplexes allows each unit to take advantage of southern sunlight.

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Concrete deflects sound; wood and fabric absorb it better because they are much softer. Consider using them to minimize reverberation.

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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.

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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.

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