Bord-du-Lac House by Henri Cleinge.

Bord-du-Lac House by Henri Cleinge.
[Dorval (Québec)] Canada.
When facing the renovation of a 200 year old Quebec stone house and the design of a significant addition, the architects, Henri Cleinge and his team, was challenged to define a clear conceptual approach which would reconcile a contemporary architectural language to the ancestral home. Its original structure once belonged to the Hudson Bay Company and had the main entrance facing the river, where the old road was situated. Over time, a new road was built on the back side of the house, which now became the front.

The program required sheltering four generations: the great grandfather, the grandparents and the children in the old house, and the parents in the addition.

This led to the idea of drawing a parallel between the multi-generational component of the program and the fact that a contemporary project would be built alongside a historical house. In this manner, the design expresses the passage of time. The strategy defined itself as a contemporary project contrasting the existing stone house, yet having an obvious relationship to the ancestral home. This idea extended to the way the spaces are defined, as two double height living rooms are at opposite ends, one in each volume, linked by a path highlighted by a bridge linking the old house to the new volume.


Project Architect.- Henri Cleinge.
Team.- Henri Cleinge, Paulette Taillefer.
Structural Engineer.- César Zelaya.
General Contractor.- Abitec.
Cabinetry and custom built furniture.- Kastella.
Surface.- 9900 m².
Date of completion.- 2012.
Location.- Dorval (Québec).


Henri Cleinge (architect) graduated from Carleton University in 1989 and established his practice in 1998. The firm prioritizes the design exploration process and self-expression, working closely with artisans crafting materials together into personal compositions.

Henri Cleinge’s practice attempts to create an experiential elemental architecture, respecting more