The interior design and architecture firm ActDesign has won the “Highly Commended” award in the Interior Design Apartment category in the Americas division of the International Property Awards, a competition based in London. The winning design was its loft project in Old Montreal.
A former refrigeration warehouse with an imposing brick and concrete structure, within a hundred-year-old building situated near the port of Montreal, provided the perfect backdrop for the twenty-first-century loft. The client, a collector of modern art, gave the firm a free hand in designing the interior. He wanted to exhibit as many artworks as possible and had a marked aversion to 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.
The interior design was based on a horseshoe plan, making it possible to have maximum exposure to the windows and to minimize circulation. The kitchen, dining room, and living room flowed in a succession of integrated zones in a loft-inspired open area. To create a balance between transparency and privacy, the designer used glass to partition off the office and the master bedroom. Crystal glass, clear or laminated white, was chosen to avoid having the artworks reflected in the overall composition.
About the International Property Awards
Inaugurated in 1995, the International Property awards are organized in association with Bloomberg Television and Google. It is one of the most prestigious competitions for property professionals in the world, with three main categories: Residential, Commercial, and Web Promotion. The portfolios are analyzed carefully by more than 70 expert judges whose knowledge covers all aspects of the property sector, led by three active members of the House of Lords: Lord Caithness, Lord Best and Lord Courtown.
Alain Thibodeau founded ActDesign in Montreal in 1994. For 20 years, the interior design and architecture firm has stood out for its wide range of expertise and many projects: residential spaces, condominium complexes, office spaces, stores, showrooms, and even a dog hotel.
Combining conception, interior design, architecture, and project management, the firm’s philosophy is based on comprehensive customization and a complete commitment by each member of the studio to translating every aspect of the client’s specific needs into the reality of built projects.
ActDesign also won a Highly Commended award in the Interior Design Private Residence for its design of a home in Saint-Sauveur.