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VOGUE HOTEL MONTREAL DOWNTOWN, CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON
Designer: Sid Lee Architecture
On Offer: When Sid Lee Architecture set about to rethink the common spaces of Montreal’s five-story Vogue Hotel, founders Jean Pelland and Martin Leblanc wanted to integrate the heritage of the hotel’s new Turkish owners with the heart of its location, the buzzy Golden Square Mile. The best way to do this, the pair figured, was to blur the lines between inside and out: first, they flipped the lobby’s axis horizontally, installed a floor-to-ceiling glass façade by Lemay Michaud, and tucked reception into a hallway to serve as a portal to the private areas.
A front desk of Turkish travertine seems to rise out of floors of the same material. Deeper still, guests encounter the Cabinet of Curiosities, a library beneath an oculus that offers books and art objects curated by ImageMotion art director Priyanka Jhamb. Near the street, banquettes and curved sofas in cinnamon Ultrasuede offer open reading and social spaces, illuminated by Lambert & Fils’ Sainte sculptural lighting and a free-floating, mirrored bronze fireplace.