The customary 2 to 3 storey row house in Montreal is similar to those in Amsterdam, long and narrow with limited natural light. 5118 rue Cartier stands apart from a typical Montreal row house because it is open on 3 sides.
Originally built in 1908 the block had very minor updates over the past century, the second floor unit was in need of a complete redesign. The existing layout had the under lit living room facing northwest and the kitchen located in the southeast corner. The task was to modernize the apartment and open up the living space, while maintaining 2 bedrooms - keeping within a strict budget of $60,000.
Practicalities/ Design Imperatives
Photos by Jan Vailhé