|Residential, Design, Interior Design
La Géode is an incredible project by Jean-François St-Onge and François Martineau of ADHOC Architectes. This modern residential building and its five housing units sits within a vibrant urban hub, one that buzzes with life.
The team had to work with the surrounding area, to reflect the energy of the district and to make the project appealing for young professionals, families and couples. The architects quickly settled on a green lifestyle as the perfect draw.
The designers reworked both an adjoining street and alley to create a new space, one with an inner courtyard that results in private and public areas. This fits perfectly with the overall project, the concept of a private core and elements coming off it, just like a geode. Simulating the semi-precious crystal, the building's facade is somewhat sober, with brick and open masonry elements and an overall roughness, while the interior represents the brilliance and vibrancy of the center.
The inner courtyard creates a sense of space that allows sunlight to filter through to the residences and helps create a sense of movement, a feeling of fluidity. The mezzanine on the facade allows yet more light into the courtyard while stylistically linking the structure to its neighbor.
The team dug under the window well in order to channel natural light into the basement rooms while the freshly dug area was filled with plants to create an area for relaxation and reflection.
Glass floors were also installed between the ground floor and the basement to ensure maximum light distribution which gradually gave the courtyard the air of an urban oasis. Another great touch is the exterior coating, which consists of shining triangular metallic tiles. The pale, shimmering tiles are arranged towards the lower floors and blend with the sky, linking the two and furthering the concept of the crystalline geode.
Green elements and the building's high energy performance mean that La Géode is set to become the first multi-unit building to achieve LEED v4 certification in Canada. The internal courtyard had allowed for myriad openings that in turn allow for incredible amounts of natural light and significant ventilation, while energy-efficient materials and designs have led to considerable energy savings and impressive acoustic performance. With plants becoming a prominent part of the design, the building looks like a mix between vegetation and mineral, something both natural and constructed. The inner courtyard in particular feels like the central heart of an organic structure with its spaces for shrubs, plants, trees and climbers; from the floor to the walls, plant life has taken over.
A creative residential project, one that answers both the needs of the environment and its residents, while remaining true to the spirit of the neighborhood, La Géode is somewhere we would love to live.