This conversion of a six-story dye factory into 84 dwelling units in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montreal included the complete dismantling of the building’s facade to allow for its conversion into a new facade made of precast concrete panels, balconies, bricks and windows from floor to ceiling. The “loft” unit concept includes European kitchens, exposed 12-foot-high concrete ceilings and high-end finishes.
It was necessary to recreate the effect of corrugated sheets to recall the industrial use. This was made possible using a pre-molded rubber matrix.
The challenge of this project was to connect the facade elements to a slab cast from the 1950s. It was therefore necessary to ensure, through pull-out tests, the capacity of the concrete slab to withstand the loads of the facade using chemical anchors installed on the slab.