Stelco Building Loft

Montreal, 2001

Located under the gables of the former Stelco factory, this residence coils through a site laden with an industrial history. Open on two floors, the loft required numerous transformations: increased intimacy for the master bedroom; the addition of a bed to accommodate guests; defining a structured workspace, and; integrating storage spaces. The spatial characteristics and materials of the original construction highlighted as much as possible, including a cathedral roof, an opening on the lower floor, heavy lumber used for farms and exposed beams. The use of steel plates on the interior walls and of a translucent polymer for the interior fenestration strengthens the new concept while bringing out the distinctive qualities of the existing building.