Eight Québec architecture firms that inspire and delight us

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Québec became the home of pioneers from the arrival of the very first settlers. More than ever, Québec architects are impressing us with their innovative approach and expertise in areas as diverse as residential architecture, commercial real estate and temporary installations.

Modern lines, Nordic influences and a daring playfulness in the treatment of materials are what unite these creators of habitats. Here are the eight architecture firms responsible for the most exciting projects, from condo towers and single-family homes, to the conversion of old buildings.

1. La Shed

Smart renovations, conversions and constructions: that’s where SHED’s expertise lies. Its name is on the lips of anyone who knows Québec architecture. Founded by Sébastien Parent, Yannick Laurin and Renée Mailhot, the firm has an office in Montréal—a city that acts as a muse for these creators. The firm designs smart, attractive spaces with a vision focused on light, accessibility and sustainability.

2. Bourgeois Lechasseur architectes

Olivier Bourgeois and Régis Lechasseur are not just architects—they’re explorers. Creating environments filled with surprises, they work on projects all over the province, from Québec City to the Îles de la Madeleine. Named in the top 20 of the world’s best emerging architects in 2011 by Wallpaper magazine’s Architects Directory, the Bourgeois Lechasseur team has only begun to surprise us with dynamic, human-scale buildings.

3. Adhoc

Adhoc defines itself as a creative architectural agency. Its goal is to surprise and delight its clients and exceed their expectations. The firm meets this challenge with attractive residential/commercial architectural projects in which to live. The company also makes sure its buildings fit into their host environment, whether urban or in the heart of nature.

4. Appareil architecture

Nordic design is what drives Appareil architecture. This is apparent in the use of materials like wood, concrete, leather and metal, which let the sun in even in the middle of winter. If you want proof, have brunch at Hoogan & Beaufort and check out the painted wood slats, the crackling hearth where bread is toasted, and the huge windows that bathe the tables with inviting luminosity.

5. Humà Design + Architecture

Creators, designers, and branding, graphics and urban design specialists come together at Humà Design to create buildings that stand out. With major projects such as the Tour des Canadiens 2 and the Halles gourmandes at the Aéroport de Montréal, Humà Design continues to build environments immersed in beauty and functionality.

6. Naturehumaine

Naturehumaine believes in the possibility of expressing the extraordinary on a daily basis. That’s why its team obsesses over details for each project, from the sightlines at the site to the path of the sun and its impact on interiors. The results are stunning and timeless. Go to the AESOP store in the Mile End or to the Au pain doré bakery to check out these visionary architects’ work.

7. Daoust Design

Daoust Design reinvents and designs its clients’ living spaces from its office in Vieux St-Eustache. Its team of architects, all women, cultivate a marked appreciation for initiatives that foster the sharing of ideas, from the planning stage to the job site.

8. Rhoncus Design

Like a song that you want to tap your feet to, Rhoncus’s projects set the stage for enjoyable gatherings. You have probably admired this firm’s work in one of the many popular cafés it has designed (St-Henri, Maesmi, Dispatch), or inside public spaces like the Maison Notman, a shared work space where several start-ups imagine the future. Rhoncus’s signature—minimalist, warm, and organic—is readily apparent from one project to another.

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