A small, midcentury workshop in Montreal's Mile-Ex district has been given a new life as a stunning contemporary home to a designer, his two boys and their dog. The conversion is a project by Atelier Moderno who recomposed the modest facade to reflect the minimalist interior plan. A wide corridor brightened by a stream of light running along the floor serves well-defined spaces that provide everyone with a bright, private area to do their own thing, while the open plan kitchen and lounge create the communal feel you want in a family home.
Here's the before and after from the street view:
The garden looks a bit wild, but upon further inspection it appears to be growing exactly as it's been designed to. It gives some life to the property which is attached to a large concrete and brick building, while providing some privacy for the family home. An inviting, perfectly manicured arrangement of shrubs and flowers wouldn't fit quite right within this graffitied, non-residential neighbourhood.
The kitchen's monochromatic scheme of matte black walls, exposed beam ceilings painted white and a large Corian prep island is warmed up with storage cabinets and a dining table in solid white oak. The stainless steel oven and hob unit reflects the sunlight which energises the room and creates a bright focal bright amongst all of those light-absorbing matte elements.
Colour makes an appearance in the living room in the form of colour block seating. The linear design and decor of the room feels less rigid and more personal by the addition of a large midcentury sideboard, reclaimed vintage pendant lamp and oil painting that belonged to the owner's father. And their little terrier helps soften things up when he's around.
This old door is one of the elements preserved from the original property which enhances the white corridor with its rustic colour and texture.
The private bath carries through the black, white, and natural wood of the communal spaces. It's a pleasing mix of painted concrete, ipe wood, porcelain, stainless steel, and glass, and offers the occasional fire of a small brazier - if a heated towel rack doesn't provide the visual excitement you're looking for in bathroom heating.
A stringer staircase leads to a green roof terrace which offers a private outdoor retreat with an urban view:
In addition to the green roof and the home's preserved original elements - structure, doors, windows and gratings - efforts made to reduce the environmental footprint of the building include the addition of skylights, soy-based spray insulation, and radiant slab heating. A home that's beautiful and smart.