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.
Société immobilière du patrimoine architectural de Montréal
11 000 m²
Dan S. Hanganu architectes
Liboiron Roy Caron & Associés
Nicolet Chartrand Knoll ltée
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
Governor General Award for architecture, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Grand Award of Excellence Ordre des architectes du Québec
Orange Award, Insertion category, Save Montreal