Designer Alain Thibodeau of Act Design chisels an old loft into an inclusive yet private lair for an art collector. |
A former refrigeration warehouse with an imposing brick and concrete structure, within a hundred-year-old building situated near the port of Montreal, has provided the perfect backdrop for a twenty-first-century loft.
The client, a collector of modern art, gave Montreal’s Act Design carte blanche to design the interiors that would exhibit as many artworks as possible. His only restriction was: the use of traditional gypsum-board and plaster walls! His dream was to have a fluid space that would lend itself to the display and appreciation of art.
Following a horseshoe plan, making it possible to have maximum exposure to the windows and to minimize circulation, the kitchen, dining room, and living room flow in a succession of integrated zones in the loft-inspired open area. Glass walls strike a balance between transparency and privacy – with crystal glass, clear glass and laminated glass juxtaposing the spaces, carefully avoiding any reflections on the works of art in the overall composition.
Sleek lines and an understated chic ambience offer a largely neutral canvas to the minimalist works of art that blend in, in unpretentious charm, augmenting an almost-intellectual aura.
The project has won Act Design the “Highly Commended” award in the Interior Design Apartment category in the Americas division of the International Property Awards, a competition based in London. Click here to view images on inidaartndesign.com
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