The mission was complex: to transform a compact, downtown site, squeezed between a department store and a night club, into a 5-star hotel with street-level shops and high-end residences. A vast collaboration between architects, artists and designers made it possible to deliver this ambitious project that is now the Montreal signature of a global luxury hotel banner.
Not only was the site difficult to configure, it was anchored to a heritage building. In-depth research into the banner's business and the surrounding area defined the guiding principles of the project: pure and slender lines, dark textures and patterns, delicate ornamentation… allowing the building to carefully connect and integrate with the historic adjacent complex, also undergoing transformation and expansion.
At the heart of Montreal’s iconic Golden Square Mile, against the stunning backdrop of Mount Royal, this new hotel and condo landmark combines classic elegance and contemporary style. Meticulously sculpted and articulated, the building changes the perception of the neighborhood, playing on reflections of the city and its activity.
The building is swathed in black: chic, assertive and distinctive. It stands out with its streamlined, uniquely off-set volumes and richly textured accents that embody the brand’s world-famous luxury and refinement.
Outside, the lower floors respect Mountain Street’s pedestrian scale and delicately link the project to its streetscape, as the remaining three facades integrate on an urban scale with Saint Catherine and Crescent Streets and De Maisonneuve Blvd. Upon entering, visitors are greeted with a spectacular entrance canopy. Unlike the rest of the building, tinted in grey, the first two floors are cladded in ultra-clear glass. This transparency animates the commercial façade and creates a dialogue with the street. The first floors of the basilar are crowned by an impressive ballroom: a continuous space that connects east and west, bridging the division between the public and private spaces of the hotel rooms and residences. The 500-guest ballroom boasts a massive terrace that offers magnificent views of the Leonard Cohen mural and Mount Royal.
The building's angles define its hospitality, residential and commercial vocations. In the highest portion of the building, the facade extends outward, overhanging, running through the entire complex. This overhanging volume is dedicated to prestigious private residences and their spacious terraces offering breathtaking river, mountain and skyline views. The disbursement of volumes is accompanied by a series of volumetric absences and setbacks that bear witness to life inside the building while offering a response to the particularities of the context.
The outdoor public spaces project visitors into the heart of Montreal, showcasing Mount Royal and its neighborhood. Integration of the building with its environment is reflected in several ways, sometimes assertive, sometimes subtle, ensuring relevance and longevity. The architecture draws its source from the spirit of place, its history, its community, to ultimately enhance the cityscape.