Compiled by Pari Syal; info courtesy v2com
Photography: Adrien Williams; courtesy v2com
Bourgeois/ Lechasseur architects remodel a ground floor apartment in a building dating back to 1924 by marrying contemporary elements to its colonial character…
Located in Quebec City’s Montcalm neighbourhood, the linear layout spreading from east to west has been remodeled into a full-fledged residence with a semi-enclosed inner yard constituting a new patio and a fence with openwork design providing for some privacy, while filtering the noise from the alley.
The space has been opened up to make it airy, bright and more functional, while the old exposed brick wall and wooden boards have been retained to sustain the historic character of the edifice.
The architects employ a cool mix of materials to play on the senses: varnished concrete anoints washroom flooring; its walls covered in large, shiny, white ceramic tiles, whilst the counter is made of the old wooden boards. Similarly, an opalescent glass strip in the concrete-panelled floor of the hall creates an intriguing feature as the threshold at the entrance, where a few original mouldings lend a classic colonial feel.
A juxtaposition of current and old materials prevails as the softly contrasting material palette continues into the kitchen, where glossy white MDF and quartz countertops softly reflect light, allowing the other raw materials to stand out.
Steel, brick and wood are exposed and left natural, lending colour to the home. Steel elements are also added to free up space and open up the rear façade; whilst at the other end, an aluminum window gives a sense of depth toward the outdoors, making the area look larger.
The simple but eclectically designed home is highlighted by natural birch flooring to recall the un-salvageable original flooring and a reinstated brick wall that is replete with grandiose character.