The Îlot Balmoral, built for the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal, has as its distinguishing feature a huge, bright red “fault line,” a divide whose vibrant hue evokes the colour motif of the Quartier des spectacles, creating a powerful association with the city’s entertainment district.
This opening splits the building into two to reveal a full-height atrium that allows light to penetrate deep into the building’s interior and illuminate the walkways bridging the two distinct volumes. The red wall of the Îlot’s northern portion folds inwardly before touching down, adding airiness and transparency to the ground floor and creating an illusion of flotation.
Dupras Ledoux ingénieurs
Construction Management: Groupe TEQ
Nicolet Chartrand Knoll Ltée
AECOM / Exim / Go multimédia / Technorm
Gold LEED NC
Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM)
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.
The interweaving of its oblique internal structures was made possible by the BIM process, which was essential to its design.
A candidate for LEED-NC Gold certification, the Balmoral Block was designed according to the principles of sustainable development, with a marked awareness of energy savings and air quality. Beyond its bold and artistic architecture, the mixed-use building is easily appropriated by all and houses, in addition to the NFB and the NAD, organizations with a cultural vocation in bright and energetic spaces.
To increase the lightness and transparency of the first floor, the lower part of three of the four facades of the site is completely glazed.
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.
With its unique structure in Montréal, the Îlot Balmoral contributes to the dazzling appearance of the Place des Festivals, where tens of thousands of spectators gather each year to participate in cultural performances. Today, it is one of the flagship elements of the Quartier des spectacles, and is fully integrated into its context by becoming the architectural representation of innovation, creation and Montréal’s vitality.
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