With its five concert halls, Place des Arts is the premier performing arts venue in Quebec. Since it was opened in 1963, this hub of culture had lost its readability, and the public area linking the theatres, subway and shops had become an incoherent cluster of spaces. The project was designed primarily to restore the identity of Place des Arts as a world-class cultural complex with a strong urban presence.
Place des Arts de Montréal
Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes
Certification LEED Or
Caroline Bergeron, Stéphane Groleau
And secondly, it called for a complete renovation and rededication of the Hall as a cultural Grand Foyer, a coherent, lively and memorable space. New perspectives, clear links, and a strong architectural statement to reassert the venue’s vocation as a showcase of culture.
The general concept is punctuated by divisions marking the transition between interior and exterior, between the Foyer and areas dedicated to entertainment and shows.
At these junctures, the plan embraces floors, walls and even ceilings, relying on a lighting and audio-visual system that creates transitions that stimulate all the senses. On the exterior, the accessible roof over the canopy provides a unique vantage point on the entire site and performances.
The perspective has changed, the vantage point has been improved and the public area expanded. It is a daring project that brings a dynamism and originality to the built environment, asserting itself as a new destination in the city.
Design Excellence Award, Ontario Association of Architects
Project of the Year, Grands Prix du Design 2012
Public Space Award - Public and Institutional Buildings, Grands Prix du Design 2012
Special Award - Signage - Branding, Grands Prix du Design 2012
Finalist, Comercial Architecture over1000 square metres, Azure Magazine Awards
Gold Award - Interior Design/Commercial category, Design Exchange Awards