Decelles building – HEC Montréal

The Decelles building at HEC MONTREAL is emblematic of the Brutalist architecture of the 1970s.The austerity of the massive concrete façades with minimal openings has earned it the nickname “The Bunker.” The two floors of classrooms slated for redevelopment were actually completely windowless. The redesign work restored HEC Montreal’s characteristic dynamism to the renovated spaces. Bay windows create a brighter ambiance and showcase the institution, while a remodelling of interiors completely transforms the space.

Country

Canada

City

Montréal

Client

HEC Montréal

Surface Area

8900m2

Year

2012

Contractor

Cogela

Electromechanics

Dessau

Structure

Dessau

Landscaping

KAPQC

Acoustic

Legault & Davidson

Lighting

LightEmotion

Photographer

Stéphane Groleau, Alexi Hobbs

The conceptual approach demonstrates a willingness to use a contemporary language without betraying the original building’s character.

The interior architecture helps create a new learning environment in keeping with trends in university education, identified in collaboration with the HEC administration, professors and students.

The emphasis is on interactive learning and incorporating the latest technologies, an area in which the project sets an example. Completed in phases in an occupied building and to a tight schedule, the project achieved its primary objective by providing the HEC Montreal community with facilities that meet its expectations and reflect the institution’s international reputation.

PLANNING

  • Amphitheatre -152 seets
  • Multipurpose Room
  • 14 Tiered Rooms – 70 to 77 seets
  • 10 Flexible Rooms – 32 to 68 places
  • 2 Interactive Labs – 50 to 62 places
  • 16 Interactive Working Spaces
  • 2 «Focus Group» Rooms
  • 3 Meeting Rooms
  • Study Areas
  • Public Areas
  • Technical Space
Distinctions

2013

Honnor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and The American Institute of Architects' Committe on Architecture for Education

2012

Finalist - Architecture Category, 2012 Facteur D Award

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