Redesign and re-configuration of a 2 story condo in Old Montreal
The project was to re-configure a 1600sq.ft, 2 floors condominium (occupying the ground floor and basement) in Old Montreal. The most important challenge that the project represented was to create intelligent divisions, which optimized the space available, all without changing the integrity and rich, historic materials of the space. The final concept prominently features the raw materials (wood, brick, stone and steel)
present throughout the condo. The concept was further accentuated with the inclusion of monochromatic furniture set against white walls - adding a modern and functional touch to a historic space, and letting the texture of the building material be in value. The space was as well designed to let express the century building and its history.
On the ground-floor, a semi-closed entrance has been sculpted into the space, offering a general view of the condo when walking in. The kitchen is the central attraction, opening on both the dinning room and the living room, where the addition of a gas fireplace creates an additional sense of intimacy. The powder room is located behind the kitchen, in a multi-functional block, integrating cupboards, appliances, pantry, and storage. A wood arch, a pure piece of history discovered during demolition, has been integrated with a mirror to recreate the idea of a passage. New white oak wood floors were also installed, completing the ground-floor transformation.
In the basement, the master bedroom is now defined by a floor to ceiling glass wall, offering a view of the original stone wall and the wood beams. (Archeological idea by putting glass wall in front of the stone wall and wood beam) The adjacent rooms now each feature a long, smoked glass window, maximizing the amount of natural light available and creating intimacy at the same time. The existing hard wood floor was
retained, but was stained in an ash tone to work harmoniously with the black steel staircase that was custom made for the project.