Montréal, Canada. A neighbourhood built immediately after the War. An avant-garde architectural project in which every space enjoys direct access to the exterior – to the light of day. These are the essential ingredients which enabled T B A / Thomas Balaban Architecte to win the Québec Grand Prix du Design 2014 (category: residential spaces between 1,600 and 3,200 sq ft) with its Holy Cross project.
In order to preserve the sense of privacy within the home, while at the same time making each area bright and airy, the bedrooms are located on the lower floor and the living areas on the upper floor. Numerous external wood-floored terraces break up the linear aspect of the cool, white vertical surfaces, while the quietly-elegant white of the interior walls highlights the eye-catching furnishings. Which include Yara.
Yara, designed by the Pure Cuisines team, reflects a desire for visual clarity, a minimalist architectural element with elegantly refined details designed to form an integral part of the surrounding space. The amply-dimensioned island unit in oak lends warmth and dynamism to the black&white surroundings, while the stainless steel of the worktop brings a touch of hi-tech to the composition. The recessed sinks highlight the purity and the clean lines of the units.
The Grand Prix du Design jury has rated this project as especially incisive, underlining the extensive research required and the minimalist use of space. Cesar was chosen for the versatility and degree of customization of its elements, which combine to meet the need for integration into the surrounding ambient while at the same time giving the overall furnishing system a refined and original look.