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Emerging Talent: APPAREIL Architecture

July 14, 2016
by Sarah Fletcher

Kim Pariseau

Kim Pariseau

As an exchange student at the University of Copenhagen, Kim Pariseau, 35, was smitten with the sunshine pouring into houses. “The light is precious there,” she says. “It makes no sense for architects to build in Denmark without thinking of how light will enter.” She came back to Montreal with an unshakable love of Nordic design and an appreciation for the importance of place. In 2010, Pariseau won a municipal ideas competition to rethink Montreal’s Champ-de-Mars, but needed a formal company to claim the award money. APPAREIL Architecture was born.

Custom, retro-chic furniture and fixtures complement the industrial finishes of Hoogan et Beaufort, located in a former train repair shed in Montreal. Photo by Alison Slattery

Custom, retro-chic furniture and fixtures complement the industrial finishes of Hoogan et Beaufort, located in a former train repair shed in Montreal. Photo by Alison Slattery

Skylights and a surfeit of south-facing windows characterize APPAREIL’s residential projects. The eight-person firm also specializes in restaurant renovations, most recently Montreal’s acclaimed Hoogan et Beaufort. There, custom furniture (conceived with restauranteur Alexandre Baldwin) sets the tone and a Scandinavian influence continues to be felt. The team literally worked outward from the design of the plates to the design of the restaurant. “In Denmark, I enjoyed how architects are often involved in a project from A to Z,” Pariseau says. “A decade back, to have an architect design both the interior and the furniture for a space was uncommon in Canada. To me, these things are intrinsically linked.”