Celebrating a park-front locale through artisanal design

Montreal’s iconic Lafontaine Park sits just outside this historic, turn-of-the-twentieth-century duplex. Our clients — Paul, Sigi, and their children — can look out their windows and right into the trees. Now, what if we brought the spirit of the outdoors in?

Working with architect MXMA Architecture and Design, we challenged ourselves to create a space inspired by the warmth, flow, and strength of nature. The result? A completely transformed dream home. It boasts three floors and 3,150 square feet. Throughout, surfaces, materials, and light resonate together to create a bright and modern living space that emanates warmth and is inspired by its context.

“The organization of the living spaces revolves around the architectural form of the ceiling.”

MXMA Architecture and Design

Tour the space

Use wood to provide flexible solutions to complex problems

Walk through the front door, and you’re welcomed into a stunning space. It truly feels like an extension of the tranquil park outside.

The light highlights the unifying element of the whole space: wood. A stunning, solid white oak ceiling feature serves draws the eye into the open concept kitchen, dining, and living room. 

The natural colours and grains of the wood are accented by a modular and angular design that makes the ceiling one large wooden sculpture. This is not only a pleasure for the eye: the ceiling conceals a new structure that includes an imposing, 33-foot long steel beam that supports the third floor and also covers all the ventilation ducts.

Think of this as a classic log cabin, completely reimagined. There’s wood throughout the floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, and even a roaring fireplace, but the home is completely and elegantly modernized.

Deliver a high-quality finish

The wood ceiling and floor is complemented by neutral whites and blacks, creating a timeless, Scandinavian aesthetic.

The main room is flooded by natural light and artful, subtle ceiling lighting, including an illuminating strip that highlights the contours of the oak ceiling.

Extend wood into custom built-ins

The beautiful wood is carried over into unique shelves that frame the fireplace. This provides display for the family’s treasured objects, as well as functional and seamlessly hidden cabinetry.

Let the sun shine in

The bespoke wood ceiling melts into the structure of the existing staircase and then unfolds to become a railing on the top floor, like a tree reaching up towards the sunlight, which enters the space through a large skylight. Angled walls and pocket doors maximize the natural sun that cascades into every room.

Built-ins for real life

On the top floor, the master suite and three children’s bedrooms feature meticulously constructed additions that are always useful, including a wall-to-ceiling wardrobe.