COMPETITION BY INVITATION
With a gross area of 15 190 m2 and a net area of 8 241 m2, _the auditorium of the new hall was designed specifically for performances of the classical repertoire from the 17th century to the present. Thanks to adjustable elements making it possible to adapt the acoustic environment, the auditorium could also satisfy the acoustic requirements for chamber music performances, voice and instrumental recitals, municipal events, conferences, jazz and popular music shows.
Groupe Axor inc.
Dalkia Canada inc.
15 190 m2
2008 / CONCEPT
Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes
A CONCEPT OF OPENNESS TO THE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
All components of the auditorium, its geometry, the stage design, the seating arrangement, integration of equipment and stage elements, noise and vibration control have been developed to maximize contact between the performers and the audience, thereby ensuring an optimum experience both acoustically and visually. Because the project is located on the exceptional site of Place des Arts, inserted directly between Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and Theâtre Maisonneuve, the designers had to treat it like a gem, in the centre of the square, to highlight its full importance and attraction.
A “core” enclosing the concert hall is suspended in the space like a cocoon protecting its contents—a function that can be discerned from the street as a result of the colour treatment and transparency of its glass casing, inviting the public to explore the space. In contrast to the building’s accessibility from the street, the self-contained concert hall brings to mind a sounding box, soundproofed and inward looking.