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Le Monarque Restaurant in Montréal, Québec

19 Apr 2021

Architects: Alain Carle Architecte Inc.

Location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

Photos by James Brittain

Le Monarque Restaurant

Over the years, Montréal has become Canada’s fine dining capital, multiplying the number of refined universes developed through carefully crafted layouts. One trend stands out: a small restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and an inventive and innovative cuisine. However, another fringe of the Montréal restaurant scene is defined by a more generic approach, appropriating large premises where the ambience is often impersonal and the customer relationship is less attentive, less personalized.

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

The Le Monarque Restaurant is attempting a reconciliation between the polished small scale of the neighbourhood restaurateur and a larger space, fittingly rooted in metropolitan culture and based on a restaurant culture with a long-term focus.

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

This site in Old Montréal is a historical agglomeration of three separate spaces, including two distinct buildings and a former alley. Unprecedented in its structural complexity, this project took shape over an incredibly long period (over 5 years!), a gestation time that made it possible to recognize the intrinsic quality of the three spaces and design a project in a perspective of continuity. Le Monarque thus became a bar, a bistro and a dining room with an innovative menu, all under the same roof.

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

The layout departs from aesthetic “trendiness” by offering refinement based on precision in the kitchen, visible from the customer space. The materials are simple and durable. A marble floor was incorporated, not in a stylistic perspective, but due to the material’s ability, through the rounded part of the motif, to negotiate the different axes of the three spaces geometrically.

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

Le Monarque Restaurant  Montréal Québec

The cellar is mechanically unique, because its “open” refrigeration system allows storage of bottles without the use of tight doors. The upper parts of the spaces are left “bare”, exposing the internal mechanics of the places and the traces of its successive transformations over time.

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Le Monarque Restaurant in Montréal, QC – Building Information

Design: Alain Carle Architecte Inc.

Project size: 8500 ft2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 1

Photo credits: James Brittain

Le Monarque Restaurant, Montréal, Québec images / information received 190421 from Alain Carle Architecte Inc.

Location: Montreal, Québec, Canada

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