Îlot Balmoral

The Îlot Balmoral, built for the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal, is characterized by its huge bright red opening, whose vibrant color creates a strong link with the Quartier des spectacles thanks to an architectural language that revisits the universe of the arts.

This opening divides the building into two distinct blocks and reveals a full-height atrium that allows natural light to penetrate deep into the building and illuminate the walkways that connect the two volumes. The red wall of the northern part of the block folds inward before touching the ground, increasing the lightness and transparency of the first floor in a floating impression.


Dupras Ledoux ingénieurs


Stéphane Brügger


Construction management: Groupe TEQ


Nicolet Chartrand Knoll Ltée


Davidson Legault


CS Design

Other Collaborators

AECOM / Exim / Go multimédia / Technorm








Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM)

Surface Area

27,850 m²



Located in an emblematic sector of Montréal, the Îlot Balmoral is becoming a central point and a major player in its environment, hosting in particular the headquarters of the National Film Board (NFB) and the School of Digital Arts, Animation and Design (NAD) of the Université du Québec in Chicoutimi. At the junction between the business center and the Quartier des spectacles, its diagonal defines a strong axis and continues the fluidity and accessibility between these sectors.

Construction de l'îlot Balmoral

The Îlot Balmoral basilaire, open on both the east and west sides, was designed with pedestrians in mind, allowing them to cross this public space at will. This split also creates an important visual axis between the metro station and Place des Arts. The Îlot Balmoral is today a flagship element of the Quartier des spectacles, as it is fully integrated into the latter and has become the architectural representation of innovation, creation and vitality in Montréal.

Maquette de l'îlot Balmoral
Perspective de nuit Ilôt Balmoral | Architecture Provencher_Roy
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Chantier de l'îlot Balmoral

Project Team

Jonathan Bélisle, Guillaume Besner, Elisaveta Boulatova, Eugenio Carelli, Olivier Chabot, Julie Charbonneau, Sergio Clavijo, Lucas Cormier-Affleck, Normand Desjardins, Dominic Livernois-Diotte, Karim Duranceau, Maxime Duval-Stojanović, Lucie Gagnon, Denis Gamache, Maxime Giguère, Carlos Hoyos, Marie-Lyne Lapointe, Daniel Legault, Sonia Mailloux, Guillaume Martel-Trudel, Louise Mazauric, Céline C. Mertenat, Andres Moreno, Mélanie Morris, Franck Murat,  Mauricio Muro, Martin Petitclerc, Claude Provencher, Jean-Luc Rémy,  Virginie Tougas, Sylvie Turcotte


Best of Best, Mixed Use Architecture, Architecture Masterprize
Honorable Mention, LOOP Design Awards
Special Mention, Mixed Use Category, Architizer A+A