© Stéphane Brügger

Opening its doors in 2004 on the premises of the historic Bank of Canada building in downtown Montreal, the W Montreal belongs to the design-led hotel chain’s first generation of properties that have aimed to change the global hospitality scene. Since then, W Montreal has continuously tweaked its concept by redesigning spaces and introducing new hospitality concepts on its premises. The very latest innovation concerns a full revamp three of its WOW Suites. It’s a collab effort by W Montreal, Canadian practice Sid Lee Architecture, and building owner Ivanhoé Cambridge. WOW Suite 1001 is the most spacious of the three, featuring a dining area and Habitat bar that takes cues from the deconstructed shapes of Moshe Safdie‘s iconic Habitat 67 apartment complex.

A central rug and bookcase evoke the city’s Villa-Maria metro station, while the rug in the cinema corner glimmers with summer fireworks. The chandelier over the bed has a geometric structure reminiscent of the Biosphere, and the artworks reflect the city’s eclectic, avant-garde art movements. As said, the rooms have been entirely redesigned, becoming multifunctional, modular and reconfigurable. All furniture is custom-designed to make it possible to completely free the space of furnishings. This suite comes with a large circular screen and a projector to be used however guests wish. It also features a pantry and service entrance for catered events. Location: W Montreal, 901 rue du Square Victoria (Downtown Montreal).

© Stéphane Brügger