Montreal Inhabitable Sculpture: Actually Living in an Ultramodern Loft

What first grabbed my attention is the local. Montreal, my home town. There is something to be said for the clean-lined aesthetic of a metal-centric retrofit of a warehouse space – but does form take on a life of its own, or still serve a function?

This project in Montreal by Jean-Maxime Labrecque certainly has a few unique twists, but what sets it apart from similar interiors is, in part, the fact that most photos show someone actually occupying the spaces.

In some cases, this shows off neat functionality, like a sleek metal surfacing concealing a huge and useful walk-in close, or what it might be like to sit at this table or lean on that counter.

In others, it perhaps reveals more than the architect wished to share – how uncomfortable those benches might be, or the comfortable nature vs. awkwardness of bending over to get something out of certain cabinets.

Can’t we just all get along?

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This is one of my favorite places in Montreal. For me, the contrast in architecture serves as a metaphor for society. We all come from different places, perspectives and philosophies. We must find a way to live together.

I have taken for granted where I grew up. The world inhabits the streets of Montreal. Though not nirvana, it is a place where we find a way to live together in harmony. Just like this historic church and modern business do.

Respect for others is key to living in a society. When we learn about each other, we might just find that there is much more to this world than what we originally thought.

Your thoughts?