MU Architecture is an office based in Montreal since 2010, founded by Charles Côté and Jean Sèbastien Herr. The office is specialized in architecture and contemporary design.

International and multidisciplinary expertise has been gained by the founders in various world-renowned architectural offices in Montreal, Vienna, Barcelona, and Dubai. 

MU Architecture assets a wide range of projects; residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial.

The Designs are shaped by the desire to develop sensitive spaces with attention to detail and quality of execution. The ability to manage and adapt to a variety of situations and demands, the emphasis placed on the design phase, the innovative design and the application of new technologies, green architecture, and communication with the customer are key for the office. Architecture is seen as a mirror of society, which bears a responsibility to the public and the environment. Therefore each project is seen as a contribution to the overall culture and correlation between architecture and balance of an ecosystem.

Below is the list of 15 Projects by MU Architecture:

1. L’Atelier De La Falaise- Workshop on a Cliff

The Workshop on a cliff was constructed in 2017. It is 464 m² and located in the Laurentians’ mountainous countryside, in the province of Quebec in Sainte-Adèle, Canada. The minimalist wood building stands out from the surrounding green mountains, over the lake Deauville. It is connected to the main building by a bridge. The structure rests on a set of inclined columns to suspend it above the tree line.

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2. Residence L’estrade

Residence L’estrade, constructed in 2015 is located on the shores of Lac de la Cabane in St-Adolphe d’Howard in verdant Laurentians, Quebec. The Architecture is integrated into the steep and rocky topography, which highlights the characteristics of the site. The terraced design of the building creates a dialogue with the landscape.

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3. The Slender House

The 418m² big Slender House was constructed in 2017 and is located close to the US border in Quebec. As a long linear volume, it opens up to a remote bay of Lake Memphremagog. The long, dark facade and a huge glass window facing the bay characterize the rough appearance of the exterior. This stands in contrast to the bright and airy interiors of the house. 

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4. Nook Residence

The Nook Residence is 279m² big. It was constructed in 2015 and is located in the Eastern Township of Quebec. The Architecture consists of two buildings and is linked by a dynamic, bending ribbon. It merges into the terrain like an origami towards the lake.

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5. Bota Bota Gardens

The Bota Bota Gardens, constructed in 2015 is a 9,3 m² Spa in the center of Old Montreal and docked at the Port of Saint-Lawrence River. The Port is surrounded by water, vegetation, and grain soils, which show the rich history of the site. The design aims to create a recreational space in the middle of the busy city. The concept of MU for the Gardens was to metaphorically show the loading of a dock. In choosing a shipping container as the main element the design got linked to its context and blended in elegantly by a minimalistic choice of material; stone, IPE, white steel panel.

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6. Children’s House

Constructed in 2014 the 640m² Children’s house is located in the forest of Brie Sous Forges. Since the school is situated in the middle of nature it is designed in symbiosis with its surroundings. The shapes of the building follow the playful and poetic forest and enable children and parents to observe, smell, benefit, and notice flora and fauna.

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7. Hidden Locker Rooms

The Hidden Locker Rooms are located in Forges Les Bains, France. They were constructed in 2013 and are 220m² big. The design arose in cooperation with Ateliers Les Particules. The center of the concept was to preserve as much of the existing free space as possible. The Volume is integrated into the geography and the location of the athletic fields.

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8. Malbaie VIII Residence, La Grange

The 316 m² big Malbaie VIII Residence is located in cap à l’aigle in the Charlevoix region in Canada. It was constructed in 2013. The architecture is dominant over the landscape of a river and a forest. The Architects reinterpreted the old barn found in the area, by wrapping the volume into wood and dark grey metal. 

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9. Mailbaie VI Maree Basse

Malbaie VI Maree Basse was built in 2011 and is 3200m² big. It is situated in Cap-à-L’aigle in the Charlevoix region and is part of the residential development of Les Terrasses Cap-à-L’aigle. The focus of the design is creating contemporary architecture with local know-how. Two volumes emerge from the forest and project themself towards the River and La Malbaie, to elaborate different viewpoints.

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10. Les Terrasses Cap à l’aigle: Where Architecture and Nature connect

The residential development Les Terrasses evokes from the passion for open spaces and the beauty of the Charlevoix region. It has been located here since 2009. This passion for the area led to respect for the environment and the desire to harmonize with the surrounding. The project was constructed in two phases. Each building is designed individually for their clients in a minimalistic approach in contrast to the surrounding wilderness.

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11. Pekulari

The concept Pekulari is a 200 meters high paleo futuristic residential tower that is located in the middle of a forest in Outaouais in Quebec, Canada. The Tower is a symbol of the relationship between humans and the environment. The tall volume tries to work against urban sprawl and diminishes its impact on nature and the destruction of rural land.

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12. Malbaie V

Malbaie V is part of the residential development Les Terrasses Cap à l’aigle. It offers a view over the St. Lawrence river and the nearby mountains. The focus lays on good lightning and optimal passive energy savings. The building is 223m² big and characterized by wood.

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13. Residence BP

The 632 m² Residence BP is located in Austin Quèbec. The building blends into the surrounding trough he used materials. Wood and stone are dominating, which continues inside and creates a dialogue between exterior and interior. A long glass facade enables a view over the nearby lake. 

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14. Moment Factory

MU Architects designed the office interior for the Multimedia Entertainment studio Moment Factory. The office is 4181 m² big and located in an old brick building in Quebec, Montreal. The atmosphere is bright and open with several plants. 

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15. Bigwin Island

The Bigwin proposal is about fifty small housing units on the island of Bigwin, near the Lake of Bays, Ontario, Canada. The approach was to create these houses as high-end lodges for clients of the renowned Bigwin golf club. Mu Architect got inspired by the native atmosphere from the island.

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