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A Montreal Duplex Becomes a Bright Cottage
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A 150-year-old duplex gets transformed into a bright, open cottage for a young couple with the help of Atelier Général. Located in the St-Hernri district of Montreal, the St-Philippe Residence is not only open, but each space still evokes a feeling of intimacy.

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A narrow, open staircase leads to the upstairs and is partially hidden behind a punctured steel plate.

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Sliding doors on the ground floor open to bring about more flow between the rooms but close for extra privacy.

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The kitchen is structured to work with the couple’s love of entertaining. The black lacquered cabinets run along one wall to contain all of the storage, while a movable wooden island lets them reconfigure the kitchen to accommodate for parties.

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A classic Carrara marble covers the countertop and backsplash, contrasting with the solid black cabinets.

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Upstairs in the main living area, a large structure helps separate the spaces but remains open to allow seating on both sides.

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Photos by Atelier Général, courtesy of v2com.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.