The Rue de la Gauchetiere project is a thoughtful
With flexibility and light as the top priority, Future Simple Studio conceptualized alternatives for the ubiquitous ‘drywall with swing door’ room that dictates much of residential interiors. This led to a simple and adaptable concept: a box inside the box. Two glazed convertible wooden volumes are thoughtfully arranged within the concrete space. They’re programmed as bedrooms and used as spatial tools to organize the residential functions—kitchen, living, dining, study, reading, and exercise— which take shape on their periphery. At once object and architecture, each is crafted as a bespoke kit of parts including everything from ceiling panels and mullions, to flooring and furniture. The bedrooms are also outfitted with a series of automated blinds—both sheer and blackout—that transform them from open spaces to semi or fully private rooms. In the evening, when the sheer blinds are drawn and the lights are on, both rooms appear as floating lanterns in an open plan creating a dream-like atmosphere that defies the traditional image of ‘home’ while providing the needed comforts.
The apartment is thoughtfully punctuated with bespoke built-ins and furniture designed by the studio: a poured concrete bathroom sink top, custom bookshelf/desk, and convertible bed frame, amongst others. Inspired by the original character of the
Through its open plan, versatile bedrooms, and natural palette, the Rue de la Gauchetière loft offers a new take on city living for a young family. Its innovative architectural elements and natural materials create spaces that are at once beautiful and practical for family life. The “box inside the box” concept allows tailored spaces that balance individual privacy with collectivity. The design harnesses the benefits of natural, tactile materials to improve the well-being of its inhabitants. The result is a timeless design that embraces the namesake of the 100-year old building it’s in: Unity.
Photography by Felix Michaud