- Guillaume Blanchet
This 540-square-foot, one-bedroom loft in a century-old, seven-story, building is located on Montreal's main drive. Built in 1911 as a textile-mill and now mixed-use, the Chicago-School inspired building houses residents as well as artist, musician, designer and maker studios. This local landmark has ground-floor retail, including a popular canteen for new-media types.
The slab-to-slab renovation exposed the slatted motif of the 12-foot ceiling's formwork. The impressions of the stringers set the tone. The new floors echo the ceiling's colour and orientation. The kitchen's exposed-concrete-look backsplash (not pictured) and dark grey mill-work help support the monochromatic theme.
Enveloped in grey, the interior's divisions define a compact bedroom and a spacious bathroom. Two oversized, floor-to-ceiling, custom doors on centre pivots sit in a track and rotate for privacy or stack against the wall for spaciousness.
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Looking into the main space from the front windows. Custom, floor-to-ceiling doors in a track can rotate or stack neatly against the wall. LED lights in the kitchen reflect off of the high gloss millwork.
Antique drafting table at same height as counters acts as an island. National Public Seating stools match the rest of the grey colour scheme.
Looking out from the far end of the main living space, a bank of windows spans nearly the full width of the front facade.
Looking out and over the kitchen island at the living room's "raw" space
Inside bedroom looking through the monumental-scale doors that rotate closed or glide in their track to against the wall.
An exposed concrete column divides the volume of the kitchen and the one for the bathroom. The 12-foot ceilings still show the impressions of the stringers used for the building's formwork .
The bathroom's highly geometric. Light-grey, oversized hexagonal tile throughout the bathroom. In the custom shower with a carara marble base, a 12" rainshower head matches the bathroom's square LED lighting fixtures.
A stacked washer and ventless dryer fit in a closet with a bifold sliding door.