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Renovated House Honors '60s Bones, Family History

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Canadian studio Architecture Open Form teamed up with interior designers at fellow Québec firm FX Studio par Clairoux on the renovation of this low-slung 1960s home in the province. Named the "Du Tour Residence," the house had been in the same family for decades, Contemporist reports, before the clients reached out to Architecture Open Form to come up with a scheme for a renovation that preserved the house's historic charms while updating it for 21st-century life.


To that end, the firm opened up the interiors, carving out open-plan common areas, like in the whitewashed living room, and a second-level dining room and secondary sitting area. They preserved some of the midcentury stylistic touches found throughout the house, too: Exposed-masonry walls in several rooms remain in tact, as does the residence's overall profile, which is elegantly gabled.

The architects did, though, make some changes to the facade, including creating new openings for the kinds of broad glass windows we've all come to expect from modern houses. This means lighter, brighter interiors, and a house that—unlike some midcentury originals—doesn't seem to shy away from the spotlight.


A 1960s House Is Given A Contemporary Update Without Losing Its Soul [Contemporist]
Before and After: Revamped 1800s Home Gets Goth Look [Curbed]
All Renovation coverage [Curbed]