The Bessborough residence is located in the district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in Montreal. The project consists of the complete renovation of the ground floor of a duplex dating back from the 1950s.
The challenge was to open this 900-ft2 space by maximizing living spaces while keeping a certain sense of spatial division. The architectural concept is build around three “blocks”. These volumes articulate the space while playing on the notion of wall.
In the center, the black volume defines the circulation and acts as a filter between the various functions.
This volume, introducing a new staircase, play on its transparency by using a rhythm between full and empty using variations of glass, steel rods and mdf panels. The wooden volume brings a warm aspect in the whole space. It contains on one hand, a library and of the other one, a walk-in adjacent to the master bedroom. The grey volume, simple and sleek, allows hiding diverse functions of service as well as the bathroom.
Reinforcing the degree of abstraction of the project, the choice of minimalist furniture and lamps echoes the palette of textures composed of concrete, wood and steel.
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The kitchen bookends an open-plan layout that also includes a dining area and living room. Full-height windows help create a sense of spaciousness and open the living areas to the backyard.
“Reinforcing the degree of abstraction of the project, the choice of the minimalist furniture and lamps echoes the palette of textures composed of concrete, wood, and steel,” add the architects.
“We love how the staircase not only plays the role of the focal point, but also separates and organizes the spaces,” says Emilie.
Lambert & Fils' Dot Line Suspension lamp hangs over an Allais Table by The Gaspé.
The sleek, updated kitchen features glazed backsplashes, and the minimalist counters and cabinets are made of Fenix Laminate (Arpa).
The living room couch is from Élément de base. Radiant heating is built into the polished concrete floors (Atelier B).
The wooden volume comprises shelving on one side and on the other, a walk-in closet adjacent to the master bedroom.
The sleek gray volume next to the kitchen houses utilities and a bathroom.
White square ceramic tiles cover the bathroom walls. The counters are Fenix Laminate (Arpa).