YH2 recently completed Coupée Croisée, a "Cut & Cross" house located in Montreal. The building was cut in two, maintaining the street-side half, and completing it with a new half focused towards the yard, to satisfy the rigorous municipal regulatory constraints.
The existing frontal half was kept in its materiality and tectonic qualities. The rear half was completely built anew. The imposing fenestration opens the living spaces to the garden and the south light.
A communal vision shared by the architects and the landscape architect enabled a unified development of this garden-house. Even the exterior swimming pool reinforces the link between interior and exterior. The house is articulated by the over dimensioned wooden cross that links the pre-existing and new construction as well as the entrance hall to the swimming pool at the end of the garden.
Photography: Francis Pelletier