Mentana Residence – Montreal, Canada by MU Architecture Studio

A second floor apartment in an older building in Montreal, Canada has been transformed into a modern dream duplex by MU Architecture Studio. The architects dreamed up the idea of ‘going up’ for the Mentana Residence to create a spacious three bedroom apartment with an extensive rooftop terrace.

The original red brick facade still exists, though the addition now provides an attractive juxtaposition of a timber box atop the building. Windows are screened with wooden louvres, contributing another layer of architectural splendor. The large terrace is trimmed with flowering planters and greenery which is a fresh addition to the urban landscape.

Internally, the new duplex receives a focal point of a stunning glass and wood staircase. The light oak steps are flanked by a transparent rail which features steel rivets. So fantastic is how every other riser boasts a built-in spotlight, creating a functional masterpiece.

Divided into two floors, the first level is where the main living area can be found including the kitchen and dining room, as well as a guest room. A shared space, residents can move about freely within the open plan. The living room is rooted with a striking steel fireplace fitted with wood storage at the bottom and a modern ebony deer head on top. Such a fresh take on a traditional wood-burning fireplace!

Polished concrete floors in deep charcoal showcase the pure white walls beautifully. The clean-lined kitchen is clad with high-gloss cabinetry, a gleaming marble-enveloped island and lustrous tiled backsplash. A trio of modern black and chrome stools add a striking sophistication to the white-drenched space.

The master suite and more casual family room reside on the second level, as does the expansive rooftop terrace. The recreational lounge is set with comfy, cozy sofas with patterned throw pillows. Lighting pendants of various shapes preside over this relaxed living area. Retractable glass doors open to the amazing rooftop.

Truly an addition to the home, this open-air terrace is an enviable outdoor living zone with sleek, built-in modular sofas on platforms, a quaint teak dining set and (drumroll, please) a large corner hot tub. The deck also has a separate entrance which directly–and conveniently–accesses the cabana bath with glazed walk-in shower.

The Mentana Residence is a prime example of how one additional story separates an ordinary apartment from an extraordinary one.

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