The Tire Shop is MARK+VIVI‘s inaugural project located in the transitioning city of Verdun, Quebec. The newly renovated 800 sq.ft space, a former tire shop, currently functions as the designers’ live/work studio and houses La Façade Art + Architecture, a public storefront gallery dedicated to the exhibition of local contemporary art and experimental architecture.
Originally built in 1920, the Tire Shop’s newly exposed structure supports the playful integration of simple, raw, modern, industrial materials with smart and efficient design.
“We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our neighborhood” say designers Mark Fekete and Viviana de Loera. “We wanted to create a home that served as a catalyst for the design community while providing opportunities for local artists who would otherwise not have a chance to exhibit their work”.
With a strong commitment to sustainable living, Fekete and de Loera state, “One of the greatest sustainable aspects of our building is not what was used to revitalise it but rather how we live because of it. Coming from California, we realised the incredible waste of time and natural resources involved in daily commuting, not to mention the pollution. Living in Montreal, our goal is to eliminate our dependency on the car and to turn to public transportation. So, now we work from home and do our part in eliminating vehicular pollution. The time we save not sitting in traffic is better spent becoming acquainted with our neighborhoods, supporting local businesses, and living an overall healthier lifestyle.”
MARK+VIVI is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Montreal, Canada. Co-founders, Mark Fekete (born Montreal, Canada) and Viviana de Loera (born Zacatecas, Mexico), are two designers who began their collaboration after graduating from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where they both received degrees in architecture.
After working for various architecture firms in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the two moved to Montreal, Mark’s home town. Upon their arrival, they spent a year exploring transitioning neighborhoods in search of projects they could “have fun” with. Once asked what their mission was, Fekete replied “We’d like to help revitalize our city one building at a time.”
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