GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 9th edition
Nestled atop the Hôtel Epik, in one of the oldest buildings in Old Montreal, this 1,750 sq. ft. suite underwent a renovation that sought to preserve the unique 18th-century architecture of this space located in a former warehouse. Many of the original features recalling the building’s industrial past have been preserved, most notably an enormous wooden wheel that graces the lounge area. In the bathroom, a partially burned wall, a vestige of a long-ago fire, adds to the lustre of age that permeates every room. It features a stylish, functional kitchen and a stairway that was remodelled to accentuate the height of the room, which leads to the bedroom and its adjoining patio overlooking the historic neighbourhood. The jury remarked on the sensitivity of the redesign, which lends a comfy, homey feel to the space while preserving its original aesthetic. Large suites are a rarity in Montreal, and this one offers guests the type of stay that lives up to the city’s reputation for all things design while showcasing its duality between past and present. This warm and vibrant space won Zabb design the Hotel award.