Factory conversion in Montreal

Montreal based La Firme architects transformed this former industrial space into a luxury residence for a client who loves to cook and entertain.

Built in the 1820s, 120 McGill in Old Montreal is a heritage building. The space takes up an entire floor and had previously been converted into two equal-sized apartments.

La Firme’s approach was to preserve the space’s industrial character by exploiting the textures of the original materials, they began by gutting everything added in the original remodelling.

The floors were mostly unsalvageable, so they laid a heated concrete polished slab. The walls were thick, made of three layers of brick and exterior openings could not be modified.

The floorplan optimised available light sources and the layout of the master bedroom and the office/guest room with murphy bed and bathroom, exploit this layout approach.

The result was open and lofty but maintained a sense of privacy. The large, open bathroom with its shower zone big enough for two and integrated into the master bedroom, extends the lofty feel of the apartment.

The kitchen was designed for entertaining, with a 20’ island topped with wood reclaimed from the floor. All the appliances except the gas range are commercial grade. The raw brick walls were painted, and other textures were preserved and rendered warmer. 

Photography by Ulysse Lemerise

Project Credits:

Interior Design: La Firme

Architect of Record: Michel Lemieux

Builder: Pastel (Pierre Julien)

Structural Engineer: Strukturel

Lighting Design: La Firme

Sound Engineer: Moog Audio

Cabinetry Design: Atelier Niconova

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