NMBHD, 1 Plex 3 Noses

Aiming to develop a real estate heritage for a young family from the Montreal’s Rosemont district, the NMBHD project offers spatial investigations reshaping the typology of the Montreal triplex. The playful approach proposed by Jean Verville architect enabled Nancy-Marie, Hugo, and little Jules to question their relationship to functionality as well as to compactness within their domestic spaces.

Photo credit:
Felix Michaud +
studio Jean Verville architectes

“From a non-linear research process, a working team was born, inseparable from a deep friendship,” says Nancy-Marie, Hugo and Jules.

The multifamily dwelling includes a two-storey studio with one bedroom, a 197 m2 home with four floors and four bedrooms, and a three-storey terrace apartment with two bedrooms and 37 m2 terrace garden.

For the last 20 years, Jean Verville has been developing a practice integrating gamification of the architectural project development process with clients in order to integrate experiences with an artistic dimension.

“Jean Verville’s practice lies at the border between traditional professions and multidisciplinary creative practices that revolve around these, happily blurring the boundaries that tend to restrict their respective scope,” says Jacques White director, Laval University School of Architecture, Canada.


Design team
Lead architect : Jean Verville

Special collaborators: Nancy-Marie Bélanger, Hugo Didier

Studio Jean Verville architects: Tania Paula Garza Rico (studio director), Rémi St-Pierre (technical director), France Goneau (artistic advisor), François Bodlet, Stéphane Piché, Camille Asselin, Samuel Landry, Alexandre Meloche, Alex Lamontagne

NMBHD, 1 plex 3 noses

\ I am a combination of familiar realities, an assemblage of fragments of my neighborhood \ I am a lively citizen, a shared narrative to challenge individuality \ I am a burst plex, tested and approved for compactness \ I am one, two, three gardens, above, below, in front, behind \ I am a studio, youngest of the trio, a conversation with my tabby neighbor \ I am a high-perched terrace apartment, a sprouted hairstyle \ I am a house on the courtyard side, a tower on four levels \ I am a perforated brick tunic, a garland of golden winks \ I am a shadow promenade, an escape for the gardener \ I am an uninhibited family nest, a castle for children, young and old \ I am a living building…

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