MontrEal Convention Centre Expansion

ARCHITECTSSaia Barbarese Topouzanov architectes, les architectes Tétreault Parent Languedoc et associés, Aedifica, Hal Inberg (consultént indeépendent en architecture)
LOCATION 201 Viger rue Street, Montréal, Québec
CLIENTLa Société immobilière du Québec


Team : James Aitken, Dino Barbarese, David Comtois, Dominique Dumont, Céline Gaulin, Marc Pape, Steve Proulx, Mario Saia, Josée Saint-Pierre, Eric Stein, Yvon Théoret, Vladimir Topouzanov, Sam Yip Hovering above the urban gash created by the Ville Marie expressway, this expansion project aims to correct a break in the urban fabric that engages Old Montréal with the modern city. This addition restores the damaged urban tissue by filling in the formerly absent grade level and by creating urgently required spaces of connection: vibrant grade level public and commercial activity and numerous major pedestrian links. Program elements include a column-free multi-function room (the largest in Canada), office space for the Palais des Congrès administrati and the STCUM, increasing the number of conference rooms from 28 to 59, and the incorporation of 1,300 parking spaces underground. A generously dimensioned and brightly lit pedestrian mall running the entire length of Viger Street links Saint-Urbain Street on the east with a grand public room, the new Hall Bleury on the west. This dynamic public room services both the prefunction spaces and serves as a means of reception from the street. The inflected geometry of the grade level cr fluid and direct paths of pedestrian movement through the programmatic bulges and morphological particularities of the site. This desire for reconciliation establishes dynamic movement patterns of forced perspectives, expanding vistas and amplified nodes for interaction.