Grand Montreal complex anchors upscale quarter

  • Client

    Ogilvy Holt Renfrew
  • Location

    Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Year

  • Area

    23,000 m²
  • Collaboration

    Jeffrey Hutchinson & Associates, Martin Brûlé Studio, Laplace, Gensler & Lemay
  • Discipline(s)


Grand Montreal complex anchors upscale quarter

Welcome to an oasis of luxury and beauty at the heart of Montreal’s lively commercial district.

A 1912 stone edifice now hosts Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, a merger of two of Canada’s most enduring department stores. The renewed retail presence occupies 23,000 square metres over seven sumptuous storeys. It also connects seamlessly to the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences next door.

The transformed building combines a modern aesthetic with key heritage elements. “Stores within a store” can customize the retail experience as much or as little as desired.

The project meets modern sustainability standards. It uses reclaimed wood, LED lighting, recycled and renewable materials. The Chanel boutique overseen by Lemay is LEED-certified.

Behind the scenes, Lemay’s strategic expertise guided extensive reconstruction and systems upgrades. It was also key to coordinating the complex integration of department store and hotel.

The project incorporates Jeffrey Hutchison & Associates’ design for the base building, Martin Brûlé Studio’s concept for the fourth-floor personalized shopping, Gensler as the project’s façade designer, and interior design from Laplace for the second floor’s Holt Café.