Great attention to detail was paid not only to aesthetic elements such as original plaster mouldings and existing columns, but also to vital components that would ensure the building’s longevity.
Storefront windows that had been replaced or partially obstructed over time were restablished, restoring their transparency and the visual connection to the Square Phillips.
Below grade, obsolete mechanical rooms and vaults were converted into a spa.
The new restaurant Henri Brasserie Française, conceived in collaboration with l'Atelier Zébulon Perron, occupies a portion of the ground floor facing the Square.
The upper floors, previously the business’ office space, were converted into 132 hotel rooms.
A two-storey glass volume now crowns the building – a subtle intervention that respectfully contrasts the richly ornamented façade while evoking the original diamond workshop.
Photo credit : Adrien Williams and Alexandre Parent / Studio Point de Vue