June 5, 2013
by Canadian Architect
A modernization project is underway at the Rockhill Apartments, a residential complex at the foot of Mount Royal, which will transform this iconic urban development into a new prestige address in Montreal. The investment of over $20 million includes numerous upgrades to the buildings and the introduction of a range of à la carte services and exclusive activities for residents.
“Forty-five years after its construction, the prestigious Rockhill complex is poised to once again become one of Montreal’s most sought-after living environments,” said Sylvain Fortier, Executive Vice-President, Residential and Hotels of Ivanhoé Cambridge. “This project is a tremendous opportunity to position the property at the leading edge, increase the value of a key asset in our portfolio and help breathe new life into an entire neighbourhood.”
Built in 1968 on the northwestern side of Mount Royal, Rockhill Apartments made an immediate impact on the city with its bold and innovative design. With more than 1,000 units, this six-building complex boasts modern architecture and an outstanding location on the flanks of the mountain and minutes away from the downtown core. It has made a name for itself for its compelling urban lifestyle and as a symbol of success. Rockhill is one of only a handful of apartment complexes of this size in the entire province of Quebec.
The project will focus on two aspects: the modernization and redevelopment of the buildings and common areas and the creation of a leisure- and community-oriented lifestyle. Upgrades include eight fully renovated penthouses, stylishly appointed lobbies, Wi-Fi zones and a spacious, light-flooded shopping gallery.
“The Rockhill complex is a striking part of the landscape and heritage of Mount Royal. As such, it warrants special attention to ensure it can play an even greater role in terms of showcasing Mount Royal and the Côte-des-Neiges founders’ trail,” stated Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director at Heritage Montreal. “We are pleased to offer our support to Ivanhoé Cambridge in this important Ivanhoé Cambridge launches Rockhill revitalization project.
Ivanhoé Cambridge called upon the talents of Sid Lee Architecture and Sid Lee to develop and implement an architectural approach aimed at revitalizing Rockhill in the apartment market and make better use of the space to strengthen the ties between each of the buildings in the complex and the people who live there.
A website dedicated to the new Rockhill experience has been created and will provide updates on the status of the project: please visit www.appartementsrockhill.ca for more information.
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