Let There Be Light

Built in the middle of the last century, this fully renovated property now boasts an additional floor and a spectacular skylight that floods it with daylight.

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Interior designer, Marc Bherer, president and senior designer, Desjardins Bherer; architect, Atelier URA; general contractor, DMEX; ceiling fixture, Lacrime del Pescatore by Ingo Maurer, from Triede

Situated in a prestigious urban neighbourhood, this dark and dated 1960s home had never been remodeled. It has now been completely transformed, thanks to a reorganized layout, luxurious, noble materials, and an extraordinary addition. “We basically added another floor to a split-level home. The homeowner wanted something bright and bold, so we worked with the architect to create an enormous skylight to bring natural light into the space from one end to the other,” recounts Marc Bherer, president and senior designer of the firm Desjardins Bherer.

The client also wanted a stunning entry hall, with a magnificent hanging light. “Since the ceiling is crisscrossed by support beams covered in wood, there was no way to install a chandelier. Instead, I thought of using three Ingo Maurer hanging fixtures in a row. Each fixture is composed of three nylon fishing nets with crystals lit from below. During the day, the sun shines through the crystals, creating plays of light and shadow,” explains the designer.

Burgundy Dives sofas by Maxalto and Platner coffee tables by Knoll, from Mobilier Avant-Scène; rug, Red Carpet & Rug
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Design to hold a piece of sculpture, a wide, wood-panelled niche connects the entry hall to the living room.

The homeowners enjoy a panoramic view of the city from several rooms in the house, including the expansive double living room with its wall of windows. This gathering space is furnished with exquisite pieces featuring rounded edges, creating a welcoming ambience. Cool greys and warm browns are paired throughout the house, including the kitchen, where a majestic antique chandelier offers a striking contrast to the modern cabinetry. “The cabinets have white frosted glass doors and no handles,” notes Bherer. The stove alcove is lined with a bronze finish.

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Bookmatched Grey Lake marble floor, Atelier Stone Age

From the entrance hall to the master bathroom, marble with dark purple veins and stained oak floors are the perfect combination for a superb, sophisticated decor. To complement the warmth of the wood and infuse the space with even more character, Bherer opted for a smoked glass railing on the stairs and a bronze metal stringer. The open riser stairs, floating vanity, and freestanding oval bathtub underscore the refined, contemporary style.

The top floor offers a soaring view of the ultramodern pool. Several balconies with clear glass railings overlook the yard, maximizing access to the view and fresh air. The architect optimized the steep terrain by creating common areas on different levels: a dining area on a balcony, the swimming pool below, and a lower-level sundeck.

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The entire house was refaced with St-Marc limestone.

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