Provencher_Roy won three awards at the 10th edition of the Grands Prix du Design, a gala ceremony that celebrates excellence in design and architecture in Québec.
Au Sommet Place Ville Marie distinguished itself in the Sustainable Development category. By rehabilitating the observation deck on the top floors of the cross-shaped tower into a new, resolutely modern one providing a 360° view of Montreal, Sid Lee Architecture and Provencher_Roy, in collaboration with GSM Project, successfully rose to the challenge of repositioning this iconic location and returning it to its former glory as a bustling, contemporary and vital space. Through their reinterpretation of this space, the firms have delivered a masterly demonstration of reutilization and recycling.
In the Commercial Space, 1,600–5,400 sq. ft. category, the Délices Érable & Cie. project won for its spot-on retro/urban balance. Dominated by maple, a material selected for its solidity and warmth, the space provides clients an experience that lies somewhere between that of a café and a boutique. The sturdiness of the stones and bricks, the elegance of the quartz, the urban sophistication of the black metal, and the heritage feel of the copper were all meticulously incorporated into this project. The overall effect is one of refinement, with a subtle evocation of the tradition that lies at the heart of maple products.
The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec once again impressed in the Cultural Institution category. Designed by the consortium of OMA and Provencher_Roy, the building integrates into a complex site with a rich heritage, strengthening the links between the disparate elements that are Québec City, Battlefields Park and the MNBAQ. Its stunning cantilever announces the pavilion's main entrance, while a 79-step monumental spiral staircase and a 40-step exterior pop-out staircase offer spectacular views of the park, the city and the museum.
Charles-Alexandre Lefebvre, Patricia Johnsson and Maxime Boily are the recipients of the 2016-2017 Provencher_Roy scholarships! To mark the achievement, the three students visited Provencher_Roy's offices to discover the firm's projects, chat with the seasoned architects who make up its multidisciplinary team, and get a glimpse of life in an architectural firm. The annual scholarships provide $2,500 to first-year Université de Montréal architecture graduate students who have distinguished themselves by their excellent academic record and by the quality of their admission portfolio.
From Left to Right : Matthieu Geoffrion, Patricia Johnsson, Maxime Boily, Charles-Alexandre Lefebvre, Jacques Lachapelle, Nicolas Demers-Stoddart, Jacques Rousseau, Sonia Gagné.
The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec once again distinguishes itself at the Mérites d’architecture de la Ville de Québec. The new building won a prize in the Public and Institutional Building category and received the Special Jury Award!
GLCRM and Provencher_Roy Architects consortium is the proud recipients of a Canadian Architect’s 2016 Award of Merit for their work on the reception pavilion of Québec’s National Assembly. The award was handed out during the magazine’s 49th Awards of Excellence gala, held in Toronto. Since its inception in 1968, the Awards of Excellence have recognized exceptional architectural projects in the design stage, as reflected by buildings that are interesting from a structural point-of-view while being responsive to social and urban context, meeting client needs with discernment and creativity, and demonstrating awareness of sustainable development imperatives.
The new reception pavilion of Québec’s National Assembly and the expansion of the inner courtyard serve to modernize the heritage site and grant citizens access to a bold and impressive learning space. Discreet from the exterior, the reception pavilion will be built underground, beneath the Parliament Building’s facade. The entrance will seamlessly integrate into the existing architecture, below the monumental staircase, thus respecting the Parliament Building as the symbol of Québec’s identity and preserving the iconography and layout of the Parliament gardens.
Iberville Maritime Terminal and Alexandra Pier project features in the latest Mark magazine edition!
MNBAQ Pierre Lassonde pavilion wins an INOVA Price of the Institut de développement urbain du Québec in the Public service category for its impact in the community!
On October 25, Société de développement Angus, announced the official beginning of Carré Saint-Laurent construction. Located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, between Monument-National and Sainte-Catherine Street, the new 25,000 m2 building complex will rejuvenate the sector with offices, stores and cultural space. On the ground floor, the Hall Saint-Laurent will offer an innovative food court where more than fifty restaurant owners will create diversify meals with local food.
To learn more: http://www.sda-angus.com/about/news
Provencher_Roy team gathered this year an amount of $4,518.50 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, a cause supported by the firm since many years. Thanks to all participants and sponsors who enable, with their donations, breast cancer research to progress in the fields of prevention, diagnostic, treatment and care fields.
Provencher_Roy is now part of the Cercle des artisans who recognizes the generosity of major sponsors of UQAM Centre de design, whose mission is to promote, through exhibitions, graphic, industrial and urban design, as well as architecture and fashion.
For Claude Provencher, senior partner architect and co-founder at Provencher_Roy, “it is a place for diffusion and experimentation that is unique in Montréal and it is essential to preserve it!”
Photo, from left to right :
Claude Provencher, senior partner, architect and co-founder, Provencher_Roy, and member of the Cercle des artisans; Michel Languedoc, architect, vice-president—major projects, Ædifica, and member of the Cercle des artisans; Michèle Lemieux, artist and professor; Borkur Bergmann, outgoing director, Centre de design; Angela Grauerholz, professor and curator of the exhibition; Pierre Bélanger, Director-General, Fondation de l’UQAM and Patrick Evans, interim director, Centre de design.
Photographer: Jean-François Hamelin
On September 20th, the Société de Développement Agus (SDA) was at the UN to present Technopôle Angus in front of the International Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), whose role is to promote this type of economy all around the world. Christian Yaccarini, SDA President and CEO, flew to New York to talk about this innovative project as a part of a discussion about how local public politics can help to develop SSE. The Technopôle Angus was presented as an example as it consolidates the employment nucleus within a diversified, vibrant and sustainable environment, while re-attaching this area to the surrounding urban fabric.
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For the first edition of Catalyseur d’imaginaires urbains (CIU) event, created by Le Virage MTL, Eugenio Carelli, architect partner, and Céline Mertenat, sustainable development coordinator, will participate in the workshop “Imaginer un campus pour le 21e siècle - Cinq points de vue de concepteurs" on September 30th at 6 pm.
Le Virage MTL, created by a student’s collective composed of Cloë Cousineau, an architecture intern at Provencher_Roy, Andrée-Anne Caron-Boisvert, Simone Dalla-Rosa, Florence Goulet-Pelletier and Nelly Chriswell Manana, is a place composed of furnished containers located at the corner of Atlantic and Durocher Streets on the future Université de Montréal Outremont Campus. It is with pride that Provencher_Roy helped them to realize the design drawings for the site planning. With the CIU, Le Virage MTL becomes a reflection space dedicated to research and creation.
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Provencher_Roy is pleased to welcome landscape architect and urban designer Bao-Chau Nguyen to its team, and to announce the creation of its new landscape architecture department. Ms. Nguyen, widely acknowledged in the industry for her extensive experience and creativity, joins a highly qualified urban planning and urban design team, reporting to Sylvain Gariépy and rounding out the team's offerings with the particular expertise she brings. Her arrival not only contributes to consolidating the firm's position in the landscape architecture and urban design sector, it also dovetails with Provencher_Roy's long-term vision of providing clients with high-quality integrated services.
“Bao-Chau Nguyen's arrival and the creation of our new landscape architecture department together truly consolidate our offerings and support our holistic vision. Knowing Bao-Chau's energy level and the fresh, creative eye she brings to all her projects, I look forward with great enthusiasm and anticipation to seeing her develop this new department.” – Claude Provencher, architect, senior partner
ABOUT BAO-CHAU NGUYEN
Bao-Chau Nguyen earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at Université de Montréal in 1996, after studying architectural technology at La Cité collégiale. During her studies, she completed a university internship at the Paris La Villette school of architecture. She joined the ranks of the Québec Association of Landscape Architects (AAPQ) in 2002.
This dual educational path, coupled with her passion for design, ensures she is in her element when it comes to challenging, complex urban projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach. Abreast of the latest directions in art, architecture, landscape architecture, and design, and equally at ease in the traditional spheres and the new sustainable technologies, she is able to propose creative, innovative yet realistic solutions and has, over the years, created sustainable landscapes designed in symbiosis with architecture.
As senior designer on IBI-CHBA's landscape architecture team, she led work on numerous urban design and landscape projects and played an active role in preparing drawings and estimates for ensuring consistent design tracking from start to finish.
A projet's many challenges—programming constraints, budget needs, site complexity—all stimulate her and fuel her fecund creativity. Passionate about the user sensory experience, Bao-Chau Nguyen creates urban spaces that reflect the identity of the environment and its inhabitants in an esthetic and functional manner. Her track record is lined with pluridisciplinary projects, and Bao-Chau Nguyen will leverage this know-how to help establish a veritable synthesis of architecture and landscape architecture.
Bao-Chau Nguyen's work has on numerous occasions received praise for its quality, including awards for excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. She sits on a number of juries and enthusiastically takes part in public presentations and publishes articles. For over a decade, she has participated in ideas competitions in areas related to design, with a special interest in bold or artistic projects.
Visit the Quebec National Assembly website to learn more about the construction work of its reception pavilion, conceived by Provencher_Roy in a consortium with GLCRM Architectes.
As part of Circuit Index Design 2016, Brent Swanson, partner at Provencher_Roy Design intérieur, will present the Média Experts project at a panel discussion with other professionals from the industry . With more than 25 years of experience as a project manager, he excels in identifying innovative solutions to challenges encountered in the field. The wide variety of major projects he has managed are a testament to his ability to manage multidisciplinary teams while respecting client requirements.
The new Médias Experts studios reflect the agency’s innovative, modern, urban style. The space is built around a large central cafeteria. Workspaces are clustered in open areas in order to stimulate collaboration and creativity.
It is with pride that Provencher_Roy received, on June 10, a National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) for its Technopôle Angus - Phase II sustainable development plan project at the Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo.
Friday May 27th, Stéfanie Roy, architect partner at Provencher_Roy, and Johanne McGrath participated in the Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope challenge. They rappelled down the Place du Canada building in Montréal. Together, they raised $12 770 to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Congratulations!
Provencher_Roy has won the competition for the redesign of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Café des Beaux-Arts and Petit Café. The firm's interior design team captivated the jury with a concept that combines noble materials and a luminous palette of rich, textured whites in order to brighten the spaces and set off the works of art on display.
Provencher_Roy is the recipient of a 2016 National Urban Design Award from the RAIC / Architecture Canada for the Technopôle Angus – Phase II project.
The development plan for the Technopôle Angus' Îlot central, steered by the Société de développement Angus (SDA), aims first and foremost at fostering job creation on one of the last vacant lots of the real estate complex. Abreast of the latest trends concerning employment hubs and industrial parks around the globe, the SDA wishes to establish a genuine and dynamic living environment on the site. To this end, the plan proposes a denser, innovative built environment, an affordable on-site residential component, and the creation of quality public spaces.
Five key orientations inform the development plan:
The RAIC's National Urban Design Awards celebrate excellence in urban design, emphasizing the important role it plays in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.
Provencher_Roy's marketing and communications department, in collaboration with Studio T-Bone, is the recipient of a 2015 Veritiv Canada uVU award, Design category, for the excellence of the graphic design and printing of the firm's corporate brochures.
The uVU awards handed out by Veritiv Canada recognize graphic design and print excellence and, through the associated travelling exhibit and the winners' catalogue, serve as a showcase for talent in the field.
The Provencher_Roy brochures help spread the word about the firm's influence and expertise within various sectors of operation. They also support and strengthen brand image by reflecting the firm's personality and demonstrating the quality of its creative work, the depth of its insight, and Provencher_Roy's ability to take on large-scale projects.
Provencher_Roy is once again this year a sponsor of the Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA), for the screening of the films Le vaisseau de verre (The Glass Vessel) and Facing up to Mackintosh on March 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with the firm's partners Claude Provencher, Matthieu Geoffrion, Sonia Gagné and Eugenio Carelli, who will share their impressions of the projects. The discussion will be hosted by Claude Paquin, publisher of FORMES magazine
On March 8, dive into the dazzling, spectacular world of the Casino de Montréal with an episode dedicated to its modernization, a $300 million undertaking named Project of the Year at the 2015 Grands Prix du Design awards. An interview with architects Claude Provencher and Jean-Pierre LeTourneux, respectively from Provencher_Roy Architectes and Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes, the two firms that collaborated on this major redesign.
For their second year of collaboration, PID Agency and the APDC, through the exchange of successful projects and the promotion of design, exemplify the productive dialogue between China and Québec. This partnership results in improved services for helping Québec designers become better known on the international stage and Chinese designers make a name for themselves in Canada.
Provencher_Roy is the recipient of two 2015 Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards for Elite handed out by the Asia Pacific Design Center (APDC), for the renovation and expansion of the Casino de Montréal (in consortium with Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux) and for the office design of EquiSoft..
Collect rainwater to wash the streets of Montreal? This is the feat accomplished by Montreal's new MTQ-CGER Integrated Centre.
Certified LEED GOLD in March 2015, this building not only integrates best practices in green architecture, but also showcases a novel approach to the use of rainwater. “To achieve such performance, however, first required considerable teamwork,” observes Céline Mertenat.
(Translation of an excerpt from an article written by Marie Gagnon and published January 11, 2016 on the Web site Portail Constructo: http://www.portailconstructo.com/infoconstructo/pluie_rue_mtq_innove)
The Université de Montréal's exhibition centre inaugurated the firm Provencher_Roy's exhibition 1 : X on January 21, 2016. Université rector Dr. Guy Breton and the dean of the Faculty of Planning, Paul Lewis, attended the vernissage.
The event provided a congenial setting for architecture professionals, students, university faculty and the general public to discuss the projects displayed by the firm.
The exhibition runs from January 21 to February 27, 2016.
A lecture by Claude Provencher, architect and cofounder of Provencher_Roy, will take place January 26 at 6 p.m. in auditorium 3110 of the Faculty of Planning.
Starting January 28, talks on each of the projects on display will be held Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
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Montreal, December 1, 2015. Pierre-Luc Morin, Cyril Pujol and Alice Tourneyrie, the three recipients of the 2015-2016 Provencher Roy scholarships, visited the firm's offices in Old Montreal this past November 26 to meet their generous donor. They were thus able to get a glimpse of life in an architectural firm by chatting with some of the seasoned architects who make up Provencher Roy's extensive multidisciplinary team. The winners were greeted by Claude Provencher, senior partner and cofounder, and by the two members of the merit scholarship's jury, architects Matthieu Geoffrion and Jacques Rousseau.
The Provencher Roy annual scholarships provide $2,500 to each of two first-year architecture graduate students who have distinguished themselves by their excellent academic record as undergraduates and by the quality of their admission portfolio.
“It is a wonderful acknowledgment of the very high calibre of the projects submitted by the students in their admission portfolio,” emphasizes the director of the Université de Montréal's School of Architecture, Jacques Lachapelle, who adds he is quite proud of the prize and expresses thanks to the firm Provencher Roy and to all the donors. Thanks to their generosity, the School is able to offer numerous prizes and scholarships to reward its worthy students or to support certain initiatives in the field of sustainable development as well as other innovative projects.
Photo : Left to right: Claude Provencher, Alice Tourneyrie, Cyril Pujol, Pierre-Luc Morin, Matthieu Geoffrion and Jacques Rousseau.
About the School of Architecture: The Université de Montréal's School of Architecture is among the 11 schools in Canada whose curriculum is accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). Affiliated with the Université de Montréal since 1964, the School of Architecture is the only establishment in Montreal to offer professional training in French. Each year, the School delivers between 70 and 80 Bachelor of Science (Architecture) degrees as well as some 60 Master's degrees in architecture. Web site: http://architecture.umontreal.ca.
Source: Agnès Anger, Communication Officer, Université de Montréal's School of Architecture : firstname.lastname@example.org
1: X – MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION EXHIBITION
21 to February 27, 2016 - Université de Montréal - Room 0056
Lecture by Claude Provencher, architect and cofounder
January 26, 2016 at 6 p.m. - Université de Montréal - Auditorium 3110
Pavilion of the Faculty of Planning
2940 Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine - Université-de-Montréal metro
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays
Provencher_Roy and the firm OMA are the proud recipients of a 2015 Award of Merit, given by Canadian Architect magazine for the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Québec City. The award acknowledges architectural design excellence. Jurors considered the site and its geographical and social context, and evaluated physical organization, form, structure, materials and environmental features.
"The success of this project is in its sectional diagram, as a snaking form that connects through the principal public spaces and suggests links to the rest of the city", said the judges.
The expansion will enable the MBAQ to increase patronage and finally exhibit a significant portion of its collections. This initiative represents an opportunity to endow the provincial capital with a signature building of unique design: a museum complex that blends art, architecture and nature.
Last October, at the P3 Awards ceremony in New York City, the consortium Horizon Justice Sorel-Tracy, won a P3 Awards - Gold for Best Social Infrastructure Project for the Sorel-Tracy Detention Center project.
The Sorel-Tracy Detention Center project is a new construction. The judges were impressed by the clever and novel design techniques. They praised the flexibility of the concept the use of green technology, which will be important in its future development.
The P3 Awards recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements in public-private partnerships across the Americas.
Société québécoise des infrastructures et Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Horizon Justice Sorel-Tracy
Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada s.e.c.
Johnson Controls BE LTD
Marchand Houle and associated
EXHIBIT FROM OCTOBER 23RD 2015 TO FEBRUARY 14TH 2016
The Maison de l’architecture du Québec is proud to reveal a « never built » version of Montreal! It will be a rare opportunity, for aficionados as well as the general public, to discover a parallel city - shall we even say, an invisible city? - that exists indeed, although in a world where the juncture would have been altogether different to make its emergence possible…
The result of thorough research on practice conditions in Montreal over the last 25 years, this exhibit prepared and directed by the architect Thomas Balaban reveals in scale models, plans, drawings and other gathered treasures, thirteen signature projects that were ultimately never built, from a baseball stadium (Provencher Roy, 2000), a residential complex (Big City, 1989), an administrative and cultural complex for the OSM (by Architekten, AEdifica, Tétreault Parent Languedoc, 2004) up to a campus or recently dead on arrival residential homes (Nature Humaine, Open Form...). Hall of refused architecture or vision for a Montreal that got away?
Maison de l’architecture du Québec
181, Saint-Antoine St. West, Montréal (QC)
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 1-6PM, Saturday and Sunday noon-5PM
The Technopôle Angus project of the Société de développement Angus (SDA), in collaboration with Provencher_Roy, is the recipient of the 2015 Brownie Awards - Best Overall 2015 from the Canadian Urban Institute. The prize recognizes excellence in redeveloping urban sites in Canadian communities. The 2015 Brownie Awards is held in collaboration with FCM Green Municipal Fund and the Canadian Brownfields Network.
In partnership with the SDA, Provencher_Roy and the partners NIP Paysage, Pageau Morel, Pasquin St-Jean, the project aims to consolidate the employment hub within a diverse, dynamic and sustainable community and thereby to mend the area to the surrounding urban infrastructure. Environmental quality, the permeability of the urban infrastructure, the functional diversity and friendliness of public spaces are the basic principles that have guided the creative process.
Provencher_Roy is proud to welcome Roch Cayouette, senior architect, who is renowned for his achievements in the design and execution of major projects, in particular numerous residential urban design and industrial sites conversion projects, as well as major institutional, commercial and airport projects. Dedicated to preservation of heritage buildings, he has developed a contemporary architectural language that harmonizes with the existing framework.
"Roch's philosophy and approach to architecture are entirely in line with our vision and values, and I am delighted to have him on board. He brings a vast expertise in residential projects, among other things, and will contribute to the strength of our multidisciplinary group, benefiting both the team and our clients." Claude Provencher, Senior Partner.
ABOUT ROCH CAYOUETTE
Roch Cayouette has an impressive 30 years of experience as an architect. After graduating from University of Montreal in architecture, he joined the firm Cardinal Hardy as an architect, where he worked from 1985 to 2000, becoming a partner from 2000-2010. Until recently, he served as Vice President of the IBI-CHBA Group.
He is recognized and appreciated by his partners for his sense of innovation, which enables him to propose original technical solutions that address very complex issues. His advanced design skills and technical rigour enable him to ensure consistency in his projects, from the ideation process to execution plans and construction. Over the years, many projects in which he has been a key collaborator, either as head of design or responsible partner, have garnered awards.
PROVENCHER_ROY is pleased to welcome Josée Bérubé, a PA LEED architect and urban planner whose expertise in the field of sustainable urban design is well known. She has joined the firm to help it pursue its objectives and contribute to building a solid reputation in the area of sustainable urban development.
"I am very excited about having Josée on board, as I have worked with her several times and know how much her competence and commitment are appreciated by partners and clients alike. In her creative approach, she brings a unique expertise, freshness and great originality." Claude Provencher, Architect, Senior Partner.
ABOUT JOSÉE BÉRUBÉ
Josée Bérubé completed her Bachelor of Architecture at McGill University, graduating in 1981; she became a member of the Ordre des architectes in 1984.After four years of professional experience, she decided to further her studies in urban planning at University of Montreal, graduating with a Master of Urban Planning in 1987. In her master's program she developed a great interest in sustainable urban design, and especially redevelopment of industrial areas and dilapidated brownfields in urban cores; her final master's project was on buildings and brownfields under redevelopment at the time in Montreal, Boston and Paris. This is a particularly relevant topic for Montreal at a time when the city is reinvesting in its working class neighbourhoods and suburbs.
Following her master's degree, she continued her career in private practice. In 1989, she joined the firm Cardinal Hardy, one of the only multidisciplinary Canadian firms offering professional services in the field of urban planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture; she became a partner in the firm in 2010. As head of the urban design section, she directed several major projects which garnered national awards.
She is very involved in the field, and is a member of the Verdun/Île-des-Sœurs Planning Advisory Commission for a term of three years, and since 2012 has served as vice-chair of the Jacques-Viger Committee, a City of Montreal consultative body in the field of urban planning, architecture, design and landscape architecture and sustainable development.
In 2004, following the development of the LEED certification in the United States, she completed the examinations administered by the United States Green Building Council, and became part of Quebec's first cohort to receive this highly sought-after certification. She became interested in sustainable development during her master's program, since, on the one hand, it is a natural part of any urban planning practice, and on the other, she felt a professional responsibility, given that the construction industry places constant pressure on our natural resources. She also sees it as a very interesting approach for developing innovative projects.
In 2012, she was selected as a member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), an organization that is well respected in the real estate industry. She has also given several lectures and participated in numerous round tables on such topics as reconversion, historical value, housing, urban design and sustainable development.
Last June 5th, Provencher_Roy has received the 2015 Architectural Firm Award of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) at the Awards Gala in Calgary. From left to right : Samuel Oghale Oboh - RAIC President and from Provencher_Roy : Claude Provencher - Senior Partner and Co-founder, Line Belhumeur - Senior Partner, Alain Compéra - Senior Partner, Michel Roy - Consultant and Co-founder and Claude Bourbeau - Senior Partner.
“Provencher_Roy was chosen for the breadth and consistently high quality of work over many years,” said the five-member jury. “They have worked with a broad range of clients and project types. The firm is recognized for its collaborative work and the excellence of its working and peer-learning environment.”
Provencher Roy is proud to welcome Frank G. McGrath and his team who will continue to pursue their activities with our firm, as of June 1st, 2015. Archifin brings a wealth of experience and represents a tremendous added value for our clients in the commercial sector.
About Frank G. McGrath
Frank G. McGrath obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree at McGill University in 1971 and is a member of the Order of Architects of Quebec since 1974. In 1985, the Order of Architects of Québec recognized him as an architect with “extraordinary experience in project management”.
Between 1974 and 1989, Frank McGrath worked as project administrator for several well-known architectural firms such as Gorman and Blood and Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden. In 1980, he joined Trizec Corporation, a North American Developer, as Director, Design and Construction, for Eastern Canada. In 1987, he acted as Vice President, Design and Construction, for the Montreal World Trade Centre for the account of the Quebec Pension Investment Fund. Since 1989, Frank McGrath has devoted all of his time to his architectural and project management firm, Archifin Group Inc.
Constructions, buildings and infrastructure, BIM is the essential solution to more easily understand and build in added value at each stage of the process. From design to construction, BIM (Building Information Modeling) has a significant impact on all aspects of your projects: parametric components, bidirectional associativity, project sharing, construction modeling. BIM is incredibly helpful right from the preliminary drawings, just like all the "traditional" tools: sketches, models, etc. Through the examples presented and from projects and/or research carried out on Revit, you will discover the vital contribution BIM can make, as well as its main features.
Franck Murat, the veritable dean of BIM in Quebec, BIM Manager at Provencher Roy, instructor on PEBIM (AGC, Cégep Limoilou and Vieux-Montréal) and chairman of the Quebec BIM Group.
Société de Développement Angus and Provencher_Roy have attended the international conference on city of the future bringing together public administrators, international experts and all firms specialized in developing urban policies for smarter cities.
The conference was held at the Palais des congrès of Montreal., March 24th and 25th 2015.
The seventh art will soon find a home on Place des Festivals. The Ville de Montréal formally approves SHDM’s project which will host the NFB’s headquarters in 2017.
Montréal, Thursday, March 19, 2015. – Announced last fall, the construction of the Îlot Balmoral entered a new phase as the Ville de Montréal’s Executive Committee officially ratified its agreement with the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) and the conditions of the project’s development. Putting the finishing touch to the Place des Festivals with a flagship building, the Îlot Balmoral will offer to the National Film Board (NFB) a prestigious address in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and a custom designed space for its team and its creators.
Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, underlined: "The Îlot Balmoral embodies the spirit of Montréal as a metropolis of culture and modernity, and is one of the major projects with which we want to mark our city’s 375th anniversary. The project fits perfectly into the Quartier des spectacles by completing the Place des Festivals with a strong architectural concept and by becoming the new home address of the NFB, a jewel of our cinematography. In carrying out this project, the SHDM is pursuing its mission of revitalizing Montréal’s territory and supporting cultural endeavours."
Johanne Goulet, SHDM’s Managing Director, added: "This ratification is another step towards realizing a project that is ambitious in terms of architectural design, sustainable development and in terms of its cultural mission - with over 25% of its space designed to house the NFB. As the project’s developer, the SHDM is proud to put forward its expertise in responsible property investment for the realization of such innovative and ambitious projects in Montréal."
The Îlot Balmoral will be built on land owned by the SHDM, next to Place des festivals in the Quartier des spectacles, and bounded by De Maisonneuve Boulevard and De Bleury, Mayor and Balmoral streets. The building will have 13 storeys and will host on its first four levels the NFB’s headquarters and studios in an area of approximately 100,000 ft2. The SHDM is planning to obtain a Gold Level LEED NC 2009 accreditation for this project.
Developed by the Provencher Roy firm, which has received the 2015 Architectural Firm Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the architectural concept provides for the four facades to be constructed as "curtain walls" of glass overlooking the Place des Festivals, Mount Royal and downtown. Composed of a basilaire and a tower, the building will have a lobby crossing from De Bleury Street to the Place des Festivals.
About the Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM)
SHDM contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of Montréal's territory by developing residential, institutional, industrial, commercial and cultural real estate assets. It is a key partner of the Ville de Montréal in the implementation of its policies and the achievement of its objectives.
OTTAWA, February 18, 2015 – Provencher_Roy, a Montreal firm noted for a number of major projects which include airports, hotels, and university buildings, will receive the 2015 Architectural Firm Award of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
“Provencher_Roy was chosen for the breadth and consistently high quality of work over many years,” said the five-member jury. “They have worked with a broad range of clients and project types. The firm is recognized for its collaborative work and the excellence of its working and peer-learning environment.”
“Provencher_Roy has played an important mentoring role that has helped establish the next generation of architects,” the jury added. “In addition, they have maintained an important and continuing involvement in advocacy, education, and community. They engage with the public and promote the profession in the community at large.”
Established in 1983 by architects Claude Provencher, FIRAC, and Michel Roy, FIRAC, the office consists of more than 150 professionals. It is a multidisciplinary firm offering architectural and industrial design services, as well as urban design and planning, interior design, and sustainable development.
Projects include the renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal (2013); Claire and Marc Bourgie Quebec and Canadian Art Pavilion at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2011); University of Montreal Biodiversity Centre (2010) and Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City (2008).
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Provencher_Roy also collaborated with the Danish architect Poul Ove Jensen in the design of the future Champlain Bridge in Montreal.
The firm’s international projects include the Embassy of Canada in Morocco; the Diamond Peninsula Hotel in Dongguan, China; the Karachi Race Course Gardens in Pakistan; and MediCity in Gurgaon, India.
Provencher_Roy has won more than 70 architectural prizes and awards. Members of the firm teach, give lectures, train interns and participate in public forums. Founding partner Claude Provencher has served as a member and vice chair of the National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design, and Realty. He sits on the advisory board of the Cultural Property Commission of Quebec.
“This recognition is absolutely wonderful for the members of our team who, through their day-to-day dedication, passion and creativity, help build environments and sensitive and meaningful architecture that reflects our vision and commitment to the history and future of our cities,” said Claude Provencher.
First awarded in 2003, the RAIC Architectural Firm Award recognizes the achievements of a firm for its quality of architecture, service to clients and innovations in practice. It also takes into account contribution to architectural education and professional organizations, as well as public recognition.
“The award is intended to honour the many kinds of leadership in our profession,” said RAIC President Sam Oboh.
“Recipients of the award demonstrate leadership by establishing progressive workplaces for their employees,” he said. “They create a highly collaborative client-architect relationship, and skillfully guide their client’s vision even after the project is complete and occupied.”
The award will be presented at the RAIC Festival of Architecture which takes place in Calgary June 3 to 6, in collaboration with the Alberta Association of Architects.
The jury was made up of:
ABOUT THE RAIC
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is a voluntary national association, representing 4,800 members. The RAIC advocates for excellence in the built environment, works to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promotes responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.
Text : Madeleine Champagne / Magazine Intérieurs # 65 - Grands Prix du Design
UNE FORCE TRANQUILLE
C’est la musique, qui a porté cet homme. Associé fondateur de Provencher_Roy, Claude Provencher est considéré comme l’un des instigateurs de la nouvelle architecture urbaine issue de la fin des années 1970 au pays. Cette force de la nature se rappelle encore écouter, enfant, sa mère Madeleine au piano et son père Hervé, « violoneux à ses heures », jouer par pur plaisir, dans leur maison, sur le 8e rang à Plessisville.
A home full of tenderness, love and joy.
Il raconte aussi que c’est également la musique qui a accompagné sa jeunesse, lui à la batterie dans son band, jouant dans les bars et dans les salles de danse. Il savait déjà qu’il ne désirait pas prendre les rênes de l’entreprise de transport de son père. Féru de musique il ne voulait pas être un homme d’affaires dans le sens classique du terme, mais dans un domaine plus relié aux arts.
Il voulait surtout dessiner
Dessiner comme il aimait tant le faire petit garçon. C’était pour lui un bonheur, le vendredi après-midi, à l’école centrale de Plessisville, d’aller au cours d’arts plastique et de créer. Il méritait toujours le premier prix.
Dessiner plus loin
Dessiner, donc, comme le promettaient les écoles d’architecture, et le voilà diplômé de l’Université de Montréal en 1974, doté d’un baccalauréat en architecture.
Studieux et déterminé
Anecdote apocryphe : Il manque d’endroits pour étudier, à l’université, on ne peut rien y faire… Claude ne l’entend pas ainsi, derechef il demande à son père de lui donner un vieil autobus scolaire qui trainait dans sa cour, et il va le stationner dans l’aire de stationnement universitaire. On ne l’entend pas ainsi – grincement de dents, discussions viriles –, puis on cède et on concède que cet autobus devienne un lieu d’études. En prime, on accepte les conditions de Provencher… : du chauffage et de l’électricité. Ça vous dit quelque chose, cet esprit débrouillard et acharné ? C’est ainsi que les caractères se gravent dans l’airain.
A 14-page CV and 24 letters after his name
This man has accomplished much and has many honours bestowed on him... His prestigious journey began with his first experience at Papineau, Gerin-Lajoie, Leblanc architects.
À la mention de PGL, ses yeux brillent comme des charbons ardents
Louis-Joseph Papineau, Michel Robert Le Blanc et Guy Gérin-Lajoie fondent l’étude Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc architectes, sise alors sur rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest à Westmount. Ils préconisent alors une architecture épurée et géométrique, dont la forme dépouillée mise sur le raffinement du détail. Claude Provencher est épaté par ses collègues architectes et impressionné par Gérin-Lajoie, qui selon lui est l’un des meilleurs architectes de l’époque. Sans les appeler ses « mentors », il croit que ce sont eux qui l’ont forgé, alors qu’il était jeune architecte, pour en faire selon le jugement de ses pairs l’un des meilleurs au pays.
Agile comme un chat, il se lève d’un bond et, crayon en main, il dessine sur le mur
Il explique avec moult dessins la saga du Centre de commerce mondial de Montréal. Il l’affectionne tant qu’il pourrait en parler pendant des heures. Projet majeur en 1992 de mise en valeur d’un îlot urbain situé dans le quartier historique et secteur d'échanges internationaux, il a pu y appliquer ce qui deviendra sa marque de commerce : une grande utilisation de la lumière naturelle et un respect intégral du génie du lieu.
Deux Japonais et un Italien
Trois grands architectes ont aussi façonné son crayon. Fumihiko Maki, qui a introduit la notion de l'oku, ces couches spatiales imbriquées qui dissimulent, mais ne cachent pas entièrement. Tadao AndōTadao Ando, qui crée des bâtiments où les habitants sont débarrassés du tumulte extérieur. Finalement, Renzo Piano, l’un des architectes de l’iconique Centre Pompidou.
Et puis, le Québec… et Montréal l’inspirent tout autant !
Les quatre saisons si distinctes, le fleuve toujours changeant… Quel défi emballant que de créer un bâtiment qui vivra à l’année et gardera des espaces intérieurs vivants. Quel bonheur de vivre à Montréal, soutient-il, où l’on a gardé la qualité humaine qui en fait sa marque. La qualité architecturale et les espaces urbains deviennent de plus en plus la préoccupation des citoyens, et c’est une excellente nouvelle pour le développement de Montréal.
A one-stop shop
In 2005, Provencher Roy Architects expanded its expertise when it welcomed the interior design firm Moureaux Hauspy + Associés and Beauchamp & Bourbeau, a firm that built its reputation through its strong commitment to sustainable design. In addition, in 2011, with Sylvain Gariepy, the firm created a new division in urban planning and urban design, which was involved in the project for the new Champlain Bridge and in the Technopôle Angus, a new district with very high of sustainable environment priorities. Provencher considers this a highly productive mix, with people of varying backgrounds all working together. Different views, out-of-the-box thinking... the marriage has added colour, texture and warmth to new projects. In short, it has been a tremendous success!
So much so… Tant et si bien…
Tant et si bien que depuis peu, Michel Dallaire Design Industriel inc. poursuit ses activités professionnelles au sein du groupe pluridisciplinaire Provencher_Roy. Dallaire Provencher considère Dallaire comme un être généreux, vivant, talentueux, imaginatif et qui pourra compléter, voire faire éclater, l’expérience architecturale dans le mobilier urbain, l’éclairage et d’autres éléments de design industriel.
Des bijoux dont les concepts lui sont chers
Provencher cite avec fierté le pavillon J.-Armand-Bombardier de l’Université de Montréal, édifice caractérisé entre autres par la série de jardins suspendus qui y sont aménagés, jardins qui chevauchent chacun deux étages et qui traversent de part et d'autre les espaces à bureaux. Du même coup, il cite le complexe de recherche biomédicale hautement spécialisée des facultés des sciences et de médecine et du Centre universitaire de santé McGill (Complexe des sciences de la vie du Centre universitaire de santé McGill). Les nouveaux pavillons du complexe offrent aux chercheurs un environnement ouvert qui s’inscrit harmonieusement dans un site bordé par des résidences historiques du Mille carré doré et dans le patrimoine naturel du parc Mont-Royal, au Nord.
Sans oublier la modernisation du Casino de Montréal (en consortium avec Menkès Schooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes), qui a mérité le prix espace public ainsi que le prix surface lors de la 7e édition des GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN.
Enfin, il cite le pavillon d’art québécois et canadien Claire et Marc Bourgie du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Ce projet a été salué à maintes reprises pour sa réflexion architecturale poussée, son intégration urbaine exceptionnelle et son design conjuguant le passé et le futur, ayant notamment reçu le prix projet de l'année lors de la 5e édition des GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN.
Finally, the Ritz, of course…
Some of his favourite projects had very special needs. A case in point was the Ritz, where the challenge was to create a contemporary design while maintaining a harmonious dialogue with the original building. By Integrating the principles of the celebrated Venice Charter into his concept, as well as recommendations made in the heritage study of The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal under the supervision of Jean-Claude Marsan, “the project was, well… just short of spectacular,” he says, blushing.
Et pourtant, il voudrait en faire plus
Il est déçu qu’au Québec on hésite à y mettre le prix. Et pourtant, dit-il, « le coût annuel pour exploiter un immeuble correspond à peu près à son coût de construction. Si on choisit un projet parce qu'il coûte 15 % de moins à construire, sur la durée de vie du bâtiment de 50 à 75 ans on sacrifie la qualité pour des poussières », soutient l'architecte. Et il insiste : « un excellent projet a un impact positif sur la qualité de vie des citadins et sur le tourisme. Prenons la Place Ville Marie : 50 ans après, c'est encore un must. »
Toujours du côté des architectes
Il a été de toutes les batailles pour que le statut d’architecte soit respecté, parce qu’il croit fermement et intensément que l’architecte donne une valeur ajoutée et une pérennité à tout ce qu’il touche.
Des mots qui chantent
Passionate, enthousiaste, nice to work with, prend les choses à cœur, emotive, nice highs, contructive lows, une kyrielle de compliments de ses collègues qui sonnent vrai.
And, if truth be told, Claude Provencher is really “a man for all seasons’’
Claude Provencher’s aesthetic sense, open-mindedness and unwavering commitment to innovation have allowed the Provencher Roy team to make a significant contribution to our architectural heritage.
Top honours were bestowed upon Provencher_Roy at the 2014 edition of the Grand Prix du Design, a province-wide competition that underscores the excellence in Quebec design and recognizes major players in all spheres related to design in Quebec, from architecture to interior and industrial design.
PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Casino de Montréal – Modernisation
In consortium with Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux
HOTEL – PUBLIC AREA – RECREATIONAL FACILITY - EXHIBITION
Casino de Montréal – Modernisation
In consortium with Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux
SPECIAL AWARDS – COLOR
SPECIAL AWARD - APDC (ASIA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTRE AWARDS 2014)
PUBLIC SILVER AWARD
Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme – PDA
In consortium with Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux
Casino de Montréal – Modernisation
In consortium with Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux
The Heritage Montreal Foundation has appointed Claude Provencher as a "Pierre angulaire" of the Foundation for its exemplary commitment to the organization and for the promotion and protection of the architectural, historic, natural and cultural heritage of Greater Montreal.
For 35 years, Héritage Montréal has worked to promote and to protect the architectural, historic, natural and cultural heritage of Greater Montreal, its neighbourhoods and communities. This private non-proft organization is at the heart of an extensive network of partners, working through education and representation to celebrate, develop and preserve Montreal’s identity and uniqueness.
Last October 28th, the Biodiversity Centre of Université de Montréal received a LEED Canada NC (New Construction) Gold Level. Located on the Botanical garden’s site, the Biodiversity Centre is a joint project between the University of Montreal’s Arts and Science Faculty and the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale. The project consists of two buildings with a total area of 5,100 square meters. These are linked by a glassed-in passageway and form a central courtyard with abundant greenery, as a tribute to biodiversity. The repository of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium, the Ouellet-Robert entomological collections as well as the Insectarium and mycological collections, the Biodiversity Centre is an exceptional conservation facility and showcase of its holdings.
Integration of the project into the Montreal Botanical Garden was handled masterfully, in terms of both the shape of the building and its placement, which made it possible to preserve existing elements with ecological value, such as red oaks and large cedar hedges, as well as create a courtyard affording a quality environment. The site was regenerated with a native xeriscape (ground and roof). There is very little impermeable surface, and rainwater management is incorporated: recovery, permeable surfaces and infiltration basin. Recovered rainwater is reused for the cooling pool in the courtyard and for toilets.
The project includes laboratories and conservation areas requiring controlled humidity and temperature, yielding exemplary energy efficiency. In fact, achieving a performance of over 45% above the NECB (37% based on costs) is a challenge for any type of building. This was accomplished using a combination of technologies and the mechanical efficiency of the envelope. For example, the project includes a solar wall to preheat fresh air from a portion of the building envelope made of microperforated zinc. Despite the laboratories and conservation areas, the building has several rooms with windows that open to admit abundant natural light.
Sustainable Site Development
The Biodiversity Centre is located on a previously developed lot that has been decontaminated to restore outdoor spaces in their entirety. In order to encourage the use of alternative transport, no new parking spaces were added. Moreover, the building is located less than 630 meters from a subway station and within 400 m of several bus routes and a bike path. Fourteen parking spaces for bicycles were added, as well as a shower. The heat island effect is mitigated by the installation of a green roof and pale coloured impervious surfaces. Lastly, night lighting is designed to limit light pollution.
Efficient Water Management
In addition to being native, the plants selected for the project are drought tolerant and do not require watering or an irrigation system. The rainwater-fed pool in the central garden helps cool the air naturally on hot days. Moreover, much of the rainwater from the roof is recovered for toilets and urinals, which are also low flow. When these two systems are combined, potable water consumption in the building is reduced by approximately 60% annually. The unrecovered rainwater percolates through the site, reducing the burden on the municipal system and allowing natural infiltration to groundwater.
Energy and Atmosphere
Despite the constraints due to the laboratories and conservation area, the Biodiversity Centre achieves optimal energy consumption by means of ingenious applications of mechanical infrastructures that reduce energy costs by 37%. The energy savings resulting from the installation of a passive solar wall, heat recovery from exhaust air, variable speed drives on HVAC equipment, optimized equipment performance, geothermal heating and an efficient density of lighting fixtures. The HVAC equipment uses refrigerants with a reduced ozone depletion potential (no CFCs and HCFCs) and the fire safety system contains no halon.
Materials and Resources
For construction of the Biodiversity Centre, 25% of materials used were locally extracted and manufactured , including Champlain stone, stone dust, slate, concrete elements, gypsum, cabinetry wood and torrefied wood. The majority of the wood used is FSC certified. In addition, several materials such as steel, gypsum, glass, insulation, acoustical tile and resilient flooring have recycled content, for a total of more than 16%. Lastly, to extend the life of the entire building, a study of the envelope assembly in relation to the useful life of the materials was carried out.
Indoor Environment Quality
To reduce the quantities of pollutants in the building, all the adhesives, paints, primers, coatings, sealants, flooring, composite materials and the furnishings selected have emission rates (VOCs) below the prescribed limit. In addition, to reduce adverse effects on air and water quality, housekeeping is carried out with environmentally friendly products. The supply of fresh air to the building is above the recommended level, and CO2 sensors have been installed. Lastly, users have access to windows that open, and are able to control lighting, temperature and ventilation in their workplace, while 90% of the rooms have external views.
Innovation and Design Process:
The University of Montreal Biodiversity Centre, together with the LEED team and the accredited professional, set up a public education plan in order to inform users and other visitors about the various systems used to reduce the energy required for the operation of the building. All the strategies implemented combine to achieve exemplary performance in terms of reducing water consumption. In addition, all workstations were selected to meet the GreenGuard standard.
Obstacles and Solutions
The main client for this project was the University of Montreal. However, the Botanical Garden was also involved, since it is the ultimate owner of the land subject to a 30 year emphyteutic lease. The viewpoints of these two entities--the University having very specific functional requirements, the Botanical Garden wishing to maintain its image--had to be reconciled. The building is an extension of the original pavilion and greenhouses. Located at the entrance to the Park, it serves as an emblem of Space for Life. The expertise of the Botanical Garden and IRBV were also brought into play to preserve the existing vegetation and restore the native landscape.
Consortium: Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux / Provencher_Roy Architectes
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL - PUBLIC SPACES AND GAMING AREAS
The important retrofit project of the Casino de Montréal, which spread over four years, responded to the challenge of simplifying the building's indoor and outdoor circulations, improving the quality of the gambling, recreational and dining areas as well as providing a thematic unity to the different designs.
The City of Montreal and the Société d'habitation et du développement de Montréal (SHDM) look forward with pride to welcoming the National Film Board (NFB) to its new home in the future Balmoral Block, a landmark in the Quartier des spectacles (Entertainment District) that will give the NFB a marquee presence on the Place des Festivals.
The firm PROVENCHER_ROY is very pleased to welcome Michel Dallaire, a pioneer in industrial design in Quebec and Canada, as a member of its group. He will continue to work in industrial design and contribute to various multidisciplinary projects as a senior consultant.
"It is an honour and a privilege to have such an exceptional collaborator as Michel, who has contributed so much to contemporary Quebec for over 40 years. He changed the way we think about the value of design by creating high visibility products such as the Olympic torch for the 1976 Games and Bixi, the Quartier international street furniture, the furnishings at the Grande Bibliothèque and the Bourgie Concert Hall, for which we did the architecture, as well as utilitarian objects all over the world," noted Claude Provencher, architect and senior partner.
Michel Dallaire studied at the Institut des arts appliqués de Montréal (1959-1963) and Konstfackskolan, the Graduate School of Industrial Arts in Stockholm, Sweden (1964-1965). He then specialized in design management at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal (1972) and polymer processing at the Materials Engineering Institute of the National Research Centre, also in Montreal (1981).
In 1967, Michel Dallaire opened his own design firm. He quickly scored many successes with his work, and has received numerous prestigious awards here and abroad. A few examples are worth mentioning: in 1986, he won a gold medal in the Canada Awards for Excellence for his proposed bicycle brake levers; in 2000, the Institute of Design Montreal awarded him its Grand Prize and its Special Price in research; since 1998, the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva has awarded him four gold medals and one silver medal. Also worth mentioning is the Paul-Émile Borduas Prize, the highest distinction awarded by the Québec government in the field of the visual arts, which, in 1991, recognized his life's work.
His recent projects include the design of all cabin products for Air Canada's North American and International fleets, the design of street furniture for the Quartier international de Montreal, which has received more than 30 awards, and the design of all the public area furnishings for the Québec Library and Archives. Lastly, he designed the BIXI free bike system for the City of Montreal. It garnered the 2009 Bronze International Design Excellence Award, the 2009 Gold Edison Award, and was ranked 19th by Time Magazine in the top 50 inventions for 2008. This project has also been purchased by London, Boston, Minneapolis, Washington, Melbourne, New York, Toronto and Ottawa, for a total of more than 38,000 bicycles in circulation on 3 continents.
“The project involved a major contemporary updating of a heritage building,” noted Claude Provencher, senior partner in Provencher_Roy. “It was quite a challenge to provide the hundred-year-old hotel with a new face without altering its personality. And today, we are proud that we were able to help return the ‘Great Lady’ to its former glory and ensure that it will be with us for many years to come.”
Inaugurated in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton is the only great luxury hotel in Montreal to have survived to the present day without changing vocation. Famous for its façades and its elegant Adam-style interiors, the hotel is one of the gems of Montreal architecture. Yet, despite its undeniable qualities, the Ritz-Carlton no longer responded to touristic demand, which has been undergoing profound changes over the last number of years.
Rejuvenating a vibrant symbol of Montreal
The hotel’s management wished to make the modifications needed to make the hotel profitable. The project, with a total area of 43,000 m2, included renovation of the historic hotel’s 130 original rooms and its public spaces, as well as a 12,500 m2 expansion to create 45 luxury condominiums.
The architects had to design this wing for the only space still available on the site: along the building’s west façade, above a garage dating from the 1930s. A two-storey volume was also to be added on the roof of the historic building. “It is very tricky to alter an existing structure,” explained Martin Vincent, project manager at Provencher_Roy. “We had to reinforce that structure and come up with very imaginative ways to integrate the new electro-mechanical systems.”
A pool and gym, accessible to both hotel guests and new residents, had to be installed at roof level, and installation of a new spa was planned for the basement of the old hotel.
A contemporary touch for a heritage building
One of the major challenges of the project was to integrate the new residential wing without either mimicking or over shadowing the unique character of the existing building. Following the inspiration of architects such as Pei (the pyramid at the Louvre) and Foster (the cupola on the Reichstag), Provencher_Roy opted for a glass-and-steel envelope that evokes the geometry and rhythm of the 1912 façade, while making an outstanding and resolutely contemporary statement. Similarly, the two new stories were built set back from the façade to preserve the architectural lines of the cornice.
“Our credo was to respect the identity of this remarkable building while imagining a way to expand it that would enhance its value,” confirmed the project’s architects, Claude Provencher and Eugenio Carelli. “The new wing plays on depths by wrapping itself in an elegantly composed envelope. It is through the quality of detail in the added structures that we wanted to highlight the quality of the original façade.”
The architects exploited the curtain-wall of the new wing to design apartments whose main features are space and light.In the old part of the hotel, the rooms were designed to subtly accentuate their private nature. On the other hand, the architects profited from the volumes of the new glass-and-steel structure to design living spaces that open onto each other (living, dining, kitchen areas) and offer a spectacular view of Montreal. Loggias of exceptional size for their type augment the apartments’ area and create permeability between exterior and interior spaces.
“The final result was simply delightful for us,”stated Andrew Torriani, CEO of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. “The hotel is truly once again the ‘Great Lady of Sherbrooke Street.’ Our clients and employees have only great things to say about it. In fact, these comments are made about both the hotel and the residences.”
Arup-led team delivers an unprecedented and innovative definition design for the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence in Montreal.
A successful partnership between engineers and architects creates a place-sensitive, iconic bridge design.
MONTREAL (June 27, 2014) –Arup, Dissing+Weitling, and Provencher Roy Associés Architectes are delighted to reveal the design of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence, as announced today by the Government of Canada
As technical advisor and engineers on the project, Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, was tasked with delivering a high quality architectural design for the new bridge. Working closely with the Government of Canada, architects Dissing+Weitling of Denmark, and Provencher Roy Associés Architectes of Montreal, and with the support of Groupe SM for highway components, the team has created a unique signature bridge design, sensitive to the needs of Montreal and with the appeal to become a new icon for the St. Lawrence River, the city of Montreal and Canada as a whole.
“We are very pleased with the way the engineering and architectural teams have seamlessly worked together to come up with a design that addresses the needs of the city of Montreal and its citizens”, said Martin Landry, QAA, associate principal and leader of Arup’s Montreal office. “As a Montrealer, I look forward to seeing the bridge realized over the next few years, supporting the needs of the public, and creating a new gateway to the City of Montreal.”
The architectural features of the new three kilometer-long bridge are poetic in their imagery, while at the same time respecting rigorously defined technical criteria required to achieve a 125-year design life. The curved alignment and sculptural piers create an instantly recognizable shore-to-shore design with the elegant main tower and its harp of cables adding a unique accent to the bridge. The design accommodates the long term Quebec public transport plans by retaining the flexibility to run buses or a future light rail train on a central transit corridor. Connectivity between the South Shore and Montreal is further enhanced with a multiple-use path over the bridge and viewing platforms both on and near the bridge that will showcase views of the city and the St. Lawrence River.
“The design of the bridge is to a great extent based on analyses and logic, but at a certain point the analyses no longer give the answer” explains Poul Ove Jensen, Bridge Director and architect at Dissing+Weitling. “Sometimes you have to trust intuition and make subjective choices. This is when it gets exciting because these choices make the difference between a decent bridge and an outstanding bridge.”
The Arup team has also contributed to a new procurement approach with the Government of Canada as this will be the first time that a Canadian public-private partnership procurement will include a definition design for a bridge which ensures that the architectural vision is realized in the finished product while leaving the freedom for innovation to the short listed consortia bidding to design, construct and operate the new bridge.
“The collaboration with Poul Ove Jensen’s team and Arup was rich and unique in terms of creation and research”, said Claude Provencher, architect and associate principal at Provencher_Roy. “With a major goal of developing a world-class bridge for Montreal, the result of this collaboration is a custom designed bridge to the image of the country, the St. Lawrence River, the Montreal region, the people who live in it and the generations to come.”
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first North American office 25 years ago and its first Canadian office in 1999, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (www.arup.com)
DISSING+WEITLING is a leading bridge architectural firm on the international stage. The firm has designed several of the world’s iconic bridges, including Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, the Great Belt Link in Denmark, and the winning scheme for the Poole Harbour Bridge competition in the UK, among other award-winning designs around the globe.
Having been involved in over 250 bridges in 29 countries, its extensive portfolio of work includes bridge projects of all types, ranging from carefully articulated pedestrian bridges to seminal, long-span structures.
Provencher_Roy, founded in 1983, is a predominant player in urban architecture in Canada, and is a multidisciplinary firm offering services in architecture, architectural planning, urban design and urban planning, interior design, and sustainable development. The firm brings together more than 150 passionate professionals working in all areas of the built environment in Canada and abroad. Its portfolio includes remarkable accomplishments in the institutional, science, transportation, and educational sectors, as well as mixed-use buildings combining offices, hotels, and retail. the group’s innovative approach has been to anticipate the impact of architectural conception and design in time and space, emphasizing the concept of openness and a holistic view of a gesture rooted in modernity, which forms an integral part of urban landscapes.
The firm is also a member of the exclusive club of Canadian architectural firms with projects built abroad (Canadian embassy in Morocco; Diamond Peninsula Hotel in Dongguan, China; the race course gardens in Karachi, Pakistan; and MediCity, an ultramodern institute of integrated medical sciences and holistic therapy in Gurgaon, India).
Over the years, Provencher_Roy has received more than 70 awards and distinctions recognizing the excellence of its projects in Quebec, Canada, and abroad.
Claude Provencher, Senior Associate in Provencher_Roy, was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts at a ceremony attended by 2014 academicians and previously elected members. The ceremony took place at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton at the annual President’s Dinner on May 17.
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is an honourary organization of over 790 established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada. Members practice in more than thirty visual arts disciplines including but not limited to painting, print-making, architecture, sculpture, design, photography, ceramics, film, video, and digital art.
With members nominated and elected by their peers the RCA has, since 1880, come to represent many of Canada’s most distinguished visual artists and designers. The objectives of the RCA are to encourage, improve, promote, support and cultivate the visual arts through its many activities. The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation and has a charitable designation as a national arts organization.
Among the projects showcased at the 2014 Montréal du futur exhibition, Carré Saint-Laurent was selected as a winner in recognition of its outstanding ecological footprint and the efforts of its promoter and designers to achieve a sustainable transformation of the Montreal built environment.
Provencher_Roy recieved the Urban Architecture Award for 2014 National Urban Design Awards of RAIC | Architecture Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. This awards recognize individuals, organizations, firms and projects that contribute to the quality of life in Canadian cities and their sustainability.
Jury Comments: “Not only was this recognized as a complex architectural program that was masterfully fulfilled purely from a museological point of view, but the design was seen as skillfully responsive to its immediate urban context. Compositionally, it is respectful of its historic neighbours while being of its time. The use of materials clearly articulates the new addition and through its contrast highlights the timeless quality of the existing church. As the design extends out to the street and beyond, it enhances the overall quality of the public realm. One can easily see that this project is meritorious from the point of view of architecture, historic preservation and urban design.”
HOTEL AWARD - INTEGRATION OF HERITAGE INTO THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
An ingenious marriage of glass and steel was used to graft a residential wing and two additional floors onto the roof .Subdued during the day and bright at night, this new structure is a prime example of what can be accomplished in an urban environment when contemporary style is inserted into a heritage milieu.
More - Ritz-Carlton link
PUBLIC SPACE AWARD
Consortium: Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux / Provencher_Roy Architectes
CASINO DE MONTREAL - PHASE II
Modernization of the Montreal Casino, located in the former France and Quebec pavilions on Île Notre-Dame, mainly includes new construction work, redevelopment of existing spaces and asset maintenance.
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AWARD FOR OFFICES OVER 20,000 sq ft
Provencher_Roy Interior Design (Moureaux Hauspy Designers)
The six floors of the building are arranged in a fluid transparent, graceful ensemble with extensive use of glass. White and gray sprinkled with touches of blue envelope the spaces in a warm atmosphere and display the corporate image in flamboyant style.
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Provencher_Roy has reviewed its identity as well as its website so that it now features all the activities of the firm, which has more than 150 employees providing multidisciplinary services in architecture, urban planning, interior design, sustainability, planning and communication.
The logo, which now has an underscore (_) between the two names, evokes not only the association of the two founders, but also the relationship between individual and location, which is the focus of architectural activity.
The interval between the two names connotes the space set aside for individual well-being, and also forms a gateway into the universe of disciplines that go to make up the Provencher_Roy firm.
At a press conference held on December 2, 2013, the Société de développement ANGUS launched its new building project to revitalize the southern sector of Saint Lawrence Boulevard between Saint Catherine on the north, the National Monument on the south, Saint Lawrence Boulevard on the west and Clark Street on the east. The announcement was attended by Quebec Premier Pauline Marois; Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and Foreign Trade, Minister responsible for the Montreal Region and Chairman of the Metropolitan Montreal Region Ministerial Committee; and Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.
The Carré Saint-Laurent project will cover 47,500 square meters of buildings; its entire ground floor will house commercial activities, while the first floor will be devoted exclusively to cultural tenants. From the north side of the quadrangle to the corner of Saint Lawrence Boulevard and Sainte-Catherine Street, the building will include 150 residential units located above commercial and cultural spaces; on the south side, the top 8 floors will be dedicated to office space.
For commercial occupation, the St. Lawrence Market will be created, a completely open-plan space that will host forty independent grocery shops.
By introducing a wide diversity of uses and forms in the project, SDA President and CEO Christian Yaccarini, his team and architects from Provencher Roy Architectes have sought to guarantee the long-term economic and social synergy of the project. In addition, this large-scale project will be respectful of the environment and the built heritage.
Valued at $160 million, the Carré Saint-Laurent project is being carried out with assistance from the Fonds Immobilier Angus (FIA), a fund established by Fondaction and the SDA.
Provencher_Roy will work together with the Danish firm DISSING+WEITLING and the international engineering firm ARUP Inc. on the new Champlain Bridge project in Montreal, as announced by Transport Canada in December.
On September 5, several dignitaries, including Premier Pauline Marois, kicked off official expansion work on the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Quebec City. The future Museum pavilion will be built on the site of the former Dominican convent. The expansion project, valued at $103.4 million, will include construction of a new 15,000 sq m pavilion and a tunnel connecting the new pavilion to the existing main entrance.
The proposed design reflects a definite attention to sustainable development and respect for nearby heritage structures. The architectural language lends itself to various readings, relying on a harmonious interplay of levels and spacious display areas.
Work is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
MONTREAL’S COOLEST OFFICE SPACE!
In 2011, MOUREAUX HAUSPY had the pleasure to design the new downtown office space of TP1, a Montreal agency specializing in web communication strategies.. August 16th, TP1 received the title "Montreal’s Coolest Office Space" from Cushman & Wakefield as part of the Montreal Office Space contest.
The main goal of the design concept was to create an open, uncluttered, minimalist, functional workspace capable of expressing the agency’s collective identity and supporting its employees’ vast creative potential. Lots of original ideas were developed in order to create a stimulating work area. Amongst other things, some walls are in black slate to facilitate brainstorming, the concept of the furniture make use of recycled materials such as an old bowling alley and a “pixellier”, where images can be created by moving small cubes, was installed in the entrance to the agency.
Congratulations to our designers and to the whole TP1 team!
Socially engaged architecture. The architectural milieu is undergoing a unique creative renaissance that is echoed in major transformations of living environments. With it comes a growing desire to design spaces that are more open to the cityscape, bathed in light, functional, comfortable, and more attuned to us and our needs. The exhibition provides an insight into this process, which is above all creative, relevant, and responsive to the needs of clients and users, but also respects program requirements as well as the building site and context. April to September 2012. Laval University School of Architecture / Exhibition Hall 1106.
TOP HONOURS TO PROVENCHER ROY AT THE 2011 GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN
Top honours were bestowed upon Provencher Roy at the 2011 edition of the Grand Prix du Design, a province-wide competition that underscores the excellence in Quebec design and recognizes major players in all spheres related to design in Quebec, from architecture to interior and industrial design.
PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Provencher Roy for the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Provencher Roy for the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Ranked among the most important on the international level, the engineering firm SNC Lavalin has acquired space at the height of its leader brand image with the renovation of its top management floor.
The general concept positions the reception area as the flagship room around which orbits all the functions such as the conference center, the top management offices and the departmental annexes. This hub personifies the company’s image as well as the complexity and rigor of the engineering profession.
We are proud to announce the creation of a new urban planning firm. Provencher Roy + Uranisme will offer innovative professional services in land use planning, municipal regulation and real estate development. It will also offer real estate developers consulting services in site planning and design for residential, commercial, industrial or mixed projects.
Urban planner Sylvain Gariépy will take the helm of the new division as president. Provencher Roy + Uranisme was created in the fall of 2011 in order to complement the professional services offered by Provencher Roy.
October 2011. The new building is connected to the museum complex through a tunnel under avenue du Musée, as an extension of the link under Sherbrooke Street. The tunnel brings the visitor to the floor under the Erskine and American church to the first phase of the exhibition, which continues through five superimposed rooms constructed at the back of the church. This arrangement makes it possible to present the collection in generally chronological order. Descending through each vertical level, the visitor travels through cultural time, from the 17th century French colony on the fourth level, to the mid-20th century modern period in the segment under the church. The top floor of the pavilion is devoted to Amerindian and Inuit Art.
At each level, the architecture allows more and more natural light to filter in, up to the top where an atrium window with a view of the mountain and the city forges a strong link with the environment. Another aspect of the project was to transform the church into a concert hall able to accommodate chamber orchestras as cultural and educational events. This particular feature allows the Museum to restore the church's function as a public space. In addition to making a large collection of stained glass available, the conservation of the church affords a unique opportunity to create a structure whose great heritage value forms a legitimate part of the Museum's permanent collection.
OPEN HOUSE 2011: A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!
On Saturday, June 4, Provencher Roy and Moureaux Hauspy opened their doors to the public during the annual Design Montreal Open House. 350 visitors discovered our most notable achievements of the past five years, visited our workshop and interacted with our architects and designers.
Creativity was in the air!
2010 Award of Merit, Canadian Architect Magazine
WINNER / CATEGORY
Award of Merit
Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes
Provencher Roy received first honourable mention for Universal Accessibility when the OAQ Prix d'excellence en architecture were unveiled at the Musée de la civilisation à Québec on January 13 this year.
Les Mérites d’architecture de la Ville de Québec
WINNER / CATEGORY
Public and Institutional buildings
Gagnon Letellier Cyr Ricard Mathieu et Associés Architectes / Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes in consortium
FRANCESCO BELLINI PAVILION
A finalist in the 2009 OAQ Awards of Excellence in Architecture in the institutional buildings category, this highly specialized biomedical research complex will meet the needs of the Science and Medicine Faculties and the McGill University Health Centre. It provides scientists working in targeted areas with an interdisciplinary environment built around specialized service cores.
Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes decided to get involved in a direct, concrete way by providing expertise for the country’s reconstruction, specifically, the Espoir d’enfants orphanage in Croix-des-Bouquets, near Port-au-Prince.
We are pleased and proud to announce the appointment of eight new partners in our architectural firm. The arrival of this experienced, creative new blood will be an important factor in our company’s growth.
Provencher Roy + Associés Architects is proud to have been chosen by the internationally renowned firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), owned by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, as a partner in the creation of the new Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) building in Quebec City.