Formula for superb Byward Market living: start with a bold two storey 1980's-vintage penthouse – reserved by its architect as his 'showcase' home. Dare to take the space down to the bones, removing all standard components. Bring in an architect who's inspired by the blueprint to help rebuild with 21st century style and flawless taste. Use only the finest materials and technologies. Result? A strikingly original, light-filled private residence, that wows all comers, yet serves as a wonderfully comfortable and life-affirming urban home. Move in here and you will never want to leave. »cont'd
The superb Murray Street and Sussex Drive coordinates of Gallery Court offer tranquility plus charmed daily walks through interlinked public courtyards to reach all market destinations. But for the project's original planners location was just the beginning. The project reflects the exuberant moment when architect Moshe Safdie's dramatic National Gallery of Canada was nearing completion just across Sussex Avenue. Safdie's obsession with natural light and dramatic form proved contagious.
Gallery Court's creators seized on the opportunity to extend the gallery zone along Murray Street with a human scaled residential building, four floors in height. On the ground floor, storefront art galleries would flourish. On the top floor, penthouse homes would capture the spirit of rooftop Paris, taken to the next level through the daring use of glass and light.
The emphasis on real livability means there's no grand entrance lobby. Instead you'll encounter a simple, well secured entry foyer where elevators serving only a small number of homes whisk you to your door.
Entering this home you discover that the floor plan delivers options. From your front door you can go directly upstairs to the bedrooms or discretely access the kitchen or dining room. As well you can welcome guests directly into the breathtaking living room.
Pause to notice the sleek design of the reception area. Here, a massive single closet door announces the design proportions. An architected display wall admits teasing hints of the space beyond, and ambient natural light is everywhere.
The grand living room is both deeply comfortable and stunningly beautiful. Ceilings are sloped to the classic 1980's "gazebo" pitch and glazed with industrial-quality skylights. Structural beams accentuate the sense of height and light. The whole 35' long space is naturally divided into a kitchen-side lounge area and a fireside living room.
The formal living room is lusciously inviting. Natural light abounds in all seasons, flooding through south facing windows and soaring skylights. On chilly nights, settle inbeside the high efficiency wood burning hearth, set in fine mahogany and slate -- a welcoming traditional anchor. Winter? Consider it tamed.
Notice that the whole first floor uses black New England slate flooring. It's a hip natural touch that accentuates the sleek modern form. As a bonus, slate retains the sun's heat in winter, making sunlight a prime energy source.
Appealingly, sophisticated energy technology is a featured through out the home, from advanced thermal storage heaters to a compact 'on demand' water heater.
The lounge area of the living room is set close to the kitchen to take advantage of its fabulous serving bar features. Sunny and superbly cool, the window-flanked and sky-lit lounge is also a great place for casual coffee and informal drinks.
There's nothing shy about the delicious central kitchen with its rich red lacquer cabinets, and sleek multi level granite counters. This dazzling space was designed to celebrate the art of living well. It's sociable and wise too: there are two entrances plus cut away counters at different levels to make it easy to engage with guests while cooking. As you'd expected, all appliances and fittings are imported, ultra efficient and elite grade.
Often a dining room is simply a dining room. But not here. This expansive, high ceilinged sky-lit space begs for dazzling dinners and lingering feasts. Within this space, social events are non-optional.
Also to love on the main floor: gorgeous, cedar planked and very private deck with stellar views of Parliament and other icons –all landscaped with vines and seasonal greenery; a sleek powder room with elite fixtures; laundry and storage.
Enjoy the transition to the private upstairs space. You climb up into light to reach two complete suites, joined by a sky-lit galleria balcony. Flooring here is conspicuously lovely – wide bleached white oak planks imported from Finland. Each of the suites is a work of art in it's own right, modeled on the finest boutique luxury hotels. The master suite boasts a walk-in and dressing room with refined built in cabinetry plus a stunningly chic custom ensuite. The guest suite is dangerously inviting, with a gorgeous wall-length recessed shelving and full ensuite including therapy tub. Both suites share a sunny and ultra private upstairs balcony, where intimate views include the famed Peace Tower.
Few Canadian homes offer such a rewarding entrée to a great city's best features. Even rarer are residences which can equal the sheer comfort, design pleasure and international cachet of this stunning roof-top residence. Don't hesitate. Plan your appointment today.
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