Music drives design

Nightclub lifts Montreal neighbourhood USING ONE ART FORM to describe another is a curious business. Design inspiration can come from anywhere, and Montreal, Que.-based architect Patrick Blanchette, turned to playing an electronic dance music track repeatedly to zero in on ideas for the interiors of the new Minéral bar/nightclub in Montreal. The starting point was […]

Jenga-style living

Intertwined urban town homes TAKING ITS CUE from the Jenga wooden block game, Toronto, Ont.,-based design and development company Baukultur/ca recently completed the construction of two new-build town homes integrated with sustainability in mind. With 25 feet in width available, according to architect Felix Reicher, it was necessary for the project, called zero79 (after near-zero […]

Cirque twist in atrium townhome

Vertical refresh satisfies pets, people A poorly constructed 1970s townhome in the Westmount area of Montreal, QC, was purchased by a family with one thing in mind — a total gut job. Architectural firm RobitailleCurtis, also of Montreal, was given the mandate to turn the tired atrium house into a modern home. Principal architect Andrew […]

Warm hospitality ambience

Hotel restaurant/bar reno embracing ghosts of Expo ’67 Germain Hotels’ flagship property, Le Germain Hotel, in downtown Montreal, Que., has undergone a major renovation that both sheds and embraces its Expo ’67-era brutalist concrete architecture roots. Occupying the first two floors now is the welcoming ambiance of Le Boulevardier restaurant and Le Flâneur Bar Lounge, […]

Office refresh

Private school administration building opens up to the light THE HOME OF THE FEDERATION of Private Educational Institutions (Fédération des établissements d’enseignement privés, or FEEP), in Montreal, Que., has left the 1960s and joined the 21st century. Ill-suited to modern professional requirements, the old design cut staff off from each other with uncomfortable spaces to […]

Design for Zen and now

Restaurant conversion space promotes good health A RESTAURANT SPACE in Montreal, Que., has been converted to foster refreshed bodies and peaceful minds. Design agency ISSADESIGN was mandated to develop the Evolution Wellness Centre in a decades-old, non-descript building in the Nun’s Island neighbourhood to accommodate a yoga studio and physiotherapy clinic. According to Marie Eve […]

Low tech country living

Eastern Townships house fits landscape THE HATLEY HOUSE NEAR MAGOG, Que., sits up a dirt road out in the country amongst rolling hills, its high-pitched gables so typical of the area displayed proudly. The architecture firms Pelletier de Fontenay and François Abbott Architecture, both of Montreal, collaborated on the three-winged house. According to Yves de […]

School with a view

St. Lawrence River provides backdrop METIS BEACH INTERMEDIATE school in small town Métis-sur- Mer, Que., serves approximately 90 English-speaking children from Matanie, Mitis, Matapedia and Rimouski Regional county municipality. Established in 1829 on the south side of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, the school setting provides spectacular views of the water and nearby […]

Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally […]

Dealership delight

Crossing a high-end finish line BACK IN 2016, PORSCHE CARS CANADA, along with the Lauzon Group dealership network, broke ground to extend its automotive list of retail locations with the addition of Porsche Centre Rive-Sud in Montreal’s South Shore. The four-level facility spans 100,000 square feet that includes interior parking, a 17-car showroom, 15 service bays, a […]