St Pierre

  • Prize
    Winner in Apartment Interior Design
  • Company/Firm
    La Firme
  • Designer
    Louis Béliveau
  • Lead Designer(Other)
    Lisa St-Germain
  • Other Credit
    Pierre Julien, Hercule Brochu
  • Photo Credit
    Ulysse Lemerise
  • Location
  • Project Date
  • Client
    Edward Brooke
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The fourth-floor unit of a heritage building on St Pierre Street in Old Montreal suffered an ill-conceived renovation in the early 2000’s resulting in conflicting angles, wasted space, a dysfunctional kitchen, and a black wall that consumed light.

The studio set out to increase natural light and preserve the space’s timeless features while reusing existing appliances and plumbing emplacements. Foundational thinking favoured the tasteful over the trendy.

Everything was gutted and straightened out. The compressed entry pays off in the expansive living room. Wood ceilings, light-painted brick and white floors brighten the space. The guest bathroom was expanded and a sauna with a smoked glass wall replaced the guest bedroom. In the master suite, the black-tiled bathroom’s mirrored back wall bounces light back into the bedroom.

The kitchen island is the apartment’s centrepiece. Four slabs of Italian Daedalus stone were polished, honed and mounted in an exercise of precision milling and assembly. Along with the studio-designed kitchen lighting, it makes a defining statement.