Mansfield condos: contemporary living on historic grounds
An exciting new residential project is underway in Montreal, spearheaded by Brivia Group. On Mansfield Street, just south of Sainte-Catherine Street, lies a historical site previously home to the iconic Loews’s Theatre, and later to the Mansfield Athletic Club. The Mansfield condos will pay homage to this heritage whilst also looking to the future by modernizing and offering a range of amenities. This blend of tradition and innovation will offer residents a contemporary lifestyle complemented by an ambience rich in history.
Honouring a storied past
Brivia Group is no stranger to the intricacies of heritage preservation, having undertaken the full restoration of historical properties such as the Maison Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, once home to the first head of responsible government in Canada.
After consulting with heritage experts, Montreal-based architecture firm Béïque Legault Thuot Architectes (BLTA) realized that the Mansfield project required a different approach due to extensive damage caused by work executed on the Loews Theatre between 1917 and the 1990s. Facing a unique set of challenges, the stewards of the Mansfield project seized the opportunity to find an innovative way to pay tribute to the building’s colourful past.
An all-season pedestrian walkway, fitted with an integrated snowmelt, is designed to run along the site of the former theatre, flanked by an urban mural incorporating mementos from the Loews. The walkway further commemorates the sense of community fostered by past establishments by creating and enhancing pedestrian connectivity between Phillips Square, the future McGill REM station, McGill College Avenue and Dorchester Square. This feature will allow passersby to take a true stroll down memory lane—an homage to an iconic building that remains part of Montreal’s cultural scene.
An architectural jewel
With a portfolio that includes enhancing several boutique hotels in Old Montreal, BLTA was selected to construct the architectural plan of The Mansfield. In order to integrate the project with its neighbouring properties, the orientation of the building on Mansfield Street, degree of openness in the exterior design and the neoclassical architecture of the adjacent Sun Life Building were considered. At first glance, ebony steel provides a dramatic contrast against gleaming glass. Rounded corners edged in gold create a sophisticated silhouette evocative of Art Deco elegance tempered with the restraint of modern design.
A luxurious haven in the downtown core
The Mansfield is Brivia’s first project to include a rooftop pool. Views of the city can be admired from a one-of-a-kind infinity pool on the rooftop terrace or interior lounge with fireplace and wine bar. A tranquil retreat awaits 19 floors above the bustling city streets.
Two hundred and twenty-six units are available, ranging from studio to three-bedroom spaces. Owners can choose from several spatial configurations and interior finishes or can propose their own. Panoramic views provide abundant natural light through the uniquely curved window walls of each unit.
Contemporary European-design cabinetry in the kitchen surrounds under-mount sinks and faucets set against quartz or granite countertops. Soft-touch latches, anti-fingerprint finish and soft-closing hardware add function to form at the heart of the home.
Embodying all the luxury and tranquility expected in private spaces, the bathrooms are soothing, with soft neutral colour schemes, an inviting freestanding tub or a relaxing rainfall shower, and heated floors.
World-class amenities create a members-only experience for an upscale lifestyle at work and play. Wellness facilities include a spa and fitness area with dedicated spaces for boxing and yoga. Co-working spaces and conference rooms are available in the common areas for residents and their guests. An on-site golf simulator is an added luxury to help golfers perfect their stroke.
Residents enjoy the peace of mind provided by state-of-the-art air ventilation and filtration systems as well as a smartphone application to remotely control all doors, from the lobby to the elevator to their unit.
“Heritage preservation is a prime concern for us. We have fully restored historical properties in the past, but this approach was not feasible for the old theatre. We had to find a new way of paying tribute to its history.”
Vincent Kou, Chief Investment and Development Officer at Brivia Group
Brivia Group: looking to the future while exalting the past
Brivia Group is an established leader of community-oriented developments. The Mansfield will become an iconic urban development in downtown Montreal that provides an elite living environment and elevates the quality of its neighbourhood.
One of the main visions behind this project was to pay tribute to its origins. “Heritage preservation is a prime concern for us,” says Vincent Kou, Chief Investment and Development Officer at Brivia Group. “We have fully restored historical properties in the past, but this approach was not feasible for the old theatre. We had to find a new way of paying tribute to its history.”
The community spaces, facilities, retail and commercial spaces within this mixed-use project in a core downtown location will create a hub to further propel urban revitalization and to bring more residential and commercial activities to the area, meeting the needs of the growing market.
Delivery of the first residences starting in 2024.
Studio units starting at $373,900.
539 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal
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Text: Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein
Photos: © Alexandre Lapierre, Commonground Studios
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