Architecture    Culture   
Pointe-à-Callière – Montréal Archeology and History Complex

The Pointe-à-Callière Museum conforms to the triangular shape of the property, in addition to maintaining the volumetrics and proportions of the Royal Insurance building – the last one to occupy the site. Like a missing link added to a chain, the museum unifies and restores continuity to the series of fragmented structures along de la Commune Street.

The tower, which is a contemporary reflection of the former Royal Insurance building, is both symbolic and functional. Its fragmented, asymmetrical shape serves as a landmark for the museum from afar, and marks its entrance up close. Rising above the trees, it also provides a vantage onto the Old Port.

 

 

Country

Canada

City

Montréal

Client

Société immobilière du patrimoine architectural de Montréal

Surface Area

11 000 m²

Year

1992

Partners

Dan S. Hanganu architectes

Electromechanics

Liboiron Roy Caron & Associés

Structure

Nicolet Chartrand Knoll ltée

Photographer

Marc Cramer

To leave existing remains undisturbed, the new building was “deposited” onto a system of strategically located pilings among the artifacts to be protected. It houses the reception area and multimedia room where visitors are given information on Montreal’s history before descending below ground. to explore the archeological layers of the building and city

Distinctions

1994

Governor General Award for architecture, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

1993

Grand Award of Excellence Ordre des architectes du Québec

1992

Orange Award, Insertion category, Save Montreal

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