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The interior design and architecture firm ActDesign has won the “Highly Commended” award in the Interior Design Private Residence category in the Americas division of the International Property Awards, a competition based in London. The winning design was its residential project in Saint-Sauveur.
Perched at the peak of an imposing rocky promontory, this residence, built in concrete in the 1980s by an architect based in the region, was the dream pied-à-terre for the original owner. The mandate for ActDesign was to update the interior design and the exterior envelope. The concept was to be based on the notions of modernity, high-end materials, and comfort.
The new owners, a couple whose children had grown and left home, wanted to have a mountaintop refuge that would meet all of the desires they had accumulated over the years in terms of interior design.
The first bold move was to invert the floors. Given the spectacular panorama offered by the unique site and to maximize the use of space, it was proposed that the living areas be placed upstairs so that the view above the treetops would be highlighted. To make this design attractive, particular attention was paid to the entrance hall and the circulation toward the house’s upper floor.
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 Apartment category for its design of a loft in Old Montreal.