Montreal's Le Plateau Mont-Royal has become a hot spot over the years thanks to its hip, trendy shops, resto bars, and cafes. Residents of this area are proud to call "Le Plateau" their home, and despite the neighbourhood's balcony-clad, cookie cutter duplexes, the area boasts tons of residential charm.
MU Architecture Studio was the firm chosen to renovate the Mentana residence, which involved adding interior square footage, and a private and inviting outdoor living space.
"Wow" is a word that comes to my mind when drooling over these images. Replacing walls with a single structural beam created a bright and spacious living area on the main level, complete with heated polished concrete floors. The stark contrast of the white kitchen and walls allow the gorgeous blue steel clad fireplace and stairs to stand out.
Continuing from the stairway to the second floor living space, another stairway ascends to the new mezzanine level, with warm wood cladding on both the rise and run of the steps. By using a single sheet of tempered glass as a handrail, the stairs are able to function almost as a light well keeping the space bright, despite the windowless wall.
The Mezzanine level contains a master suite with a spacious bathroom and walk-in closet, which opens onto the largest of the two terraces.
An additional walk-out leading to the rooftop Jacuzzi is located in the master bathroom’s shower, allowing for a convenient quick rinse.
Another smaller terrace on the other side of the building provides an intimate dining area. The fluidity between interior and exterior spaces give the sense of a luxurious penthouse space, while the cedar siding keeps the apartment feeling warm and inviting.
If you haven't visited Montreal's Plateau area yet, make sure to head over when you're in town, and while you're at it, head over to Tampopo's Noodle Restaurant on Mentana street, where you'll get to see this gorgeous renovated apartment, located right on top!
Visit MU Architecture Studio to learn more about this brilliant firm, and to view their gorgeous designs.
All photos courtesy of MU Architecture Studio
Researched and written by Miranda Corcoran, an Industrial Design and Digital Media student at OCAD University.