Esplanade Residence in Montreal inspired by Scandinavian design

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Esplanade Residence is the renovation of an existing house from 1910 by Emilie Bédard Architecte together with designer Maria Rosa Di loia, located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The client had just purchased this un-renovated 1910’s triplex and wished to make the top floor his own. Inspired by his Scandinavian origins and the apartment’s characteristic Montreal construction, the architect and designer shaped the renovation using raw materials such as wood and steel, peeling away at the building’s envelope. The original roof structure was preserved and exposed in the bedroom as well as the brick party walls in the living room and entrance stairs.

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The wide plank fir floors, white walls and teak kitchen bring light and Scandinavian warmth to contrast with the raw steel used on the stairs and dining room table. Most of the furniture and built-ins were custom designed for the space, tying it all together.

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At the center of the renovation, the roof extension acts as a light well into the space. The metal stairs and landing are kept light and transparent borrowing from the traditional exit stairs found in the alley. It houses a sauna with a window framing the church’s dome and connects to a roof terrace with views to the neighborhood and mountain. The roof terrace was designed as a comfortable space both to lounge in after a sauna and cold exterior shower and to entertain with built-in flower boxes, bench and outdoor kitchen.

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Photos: Adrien Williams

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