Bourgeois / Lechasseur Architects have remodelled a ground floor apartment in a building dating back to 1924. Located in Quebec City, Canada, the space was transformed to allow better functionality. The linear layout of the interior allows for more natural light and an open concept environment.
Discovered in the demolition phase, the brick wall was kept as a feature element within the interior, contrasting against the contemporary choice of material and furniture. On the other side of the apartment, a wall of original wooden boards was kept to add a touch of warmth to the bedrooms. The wood was also carried through into the washrooms where it was repurposed as counter tops.
The walls were all kept white, giving a sense of spaciousness, as well as complementing the textural element of the original brick wall.
An opalescent glass strip in the floor creates the threshold at the entrance. A few of the mouldings around the doors were retained as a reminder of the neighbourhood’s colonial character. Natural birch flooring was installed to recall the original floor that could not be preserved. Steel elements were added to free up space and open up the rear façade.
The kitchen layout is minimalist, similar to the rest of the apartment. While the glossy white MDF and quartz countertops are not imposing, they softly reflect the light, allowing the raw materials to stand out. The kitchen opens up to the new patio through large glass sliding doors, connecting the living and cooking space to the outdoors.
Architects: Bourgeois / Lechasseur Architects
General Contractor: Cas par Cas
Photography: Adrien Williams
Surface area: 83 m2
Year of construction: 2014
Location: Montcalm neighbourhood, Quebec City
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