Yes, I call this place "Majestic" and I don't do so lightly!
The "royal" aesthetic is not usually associated with the styling of more "modern" design. However, the brilliant minds at Thellend Fortin Architectes decided that this project would become something of a 21st-century palace. Regarded as a key player in Montreal's luxury residence scene, their renovation and expansion of the house yielded fantastic and upscale results.
The architectural concept guiding the renovations involved the addition of living spaces in the form of a long ribbon. This ribbon runs along the contours of the existing structures which meant a minimal structural change to the building. This ribbon then folds and unfolds to offer multiple and varying views of the surrounding landscape and the external spaces of the house.
Thellend Fortin Architectes employ a fearless use of glass that bathes the reimagined interior space in natural light. The pale-hued textures and materials emphasize the bright and airy nature of the rooms while the overarching monochrome colour palette of the decor ties the different spaces together as one.
The new top floor is a cantilevered extension which is clad in anthracite-coloured concrete panels. It is generously windowed as well, offering different views of the lush greenscape around the house.
The extension looks out onto a suspended white concrete deck and a swimming pool, expertly lined with St. Marc limestone. This mineral setting marries perfectly with the impressive canopy of mature maple trees that offer shade to this oasis at the heart of the bustling city.
I believe that Thellend Fortin Architectes have created something that can be touted as the modern Canadian’s version of Buckingham Palace. What strikes me the most about the Prince Philip Residence is that it manages to be its own sort of self-contained oasis in the centre of Montreal's vibrant and busy metropolitan. The architects made a point to fully utilize the potential of its setting and unique topography, something that the original bungalow’s single storey had left untapped.
Visit Thellend Fortin Architectes to check out their impressive body of work.
All photos courtesy of Charles Lanteigne.
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Researched and Written by Yinoluwa Olowofoyeku, Undergraduate Student of Architectural Design at the University of Toronto