Provencher_Roy is responsible for the architectural work on the Montréal Tower and the interior design of the new Desjardins spaces.
In summer 2018, Desjardins Movement’s online services’ spaces moved to the Montréal Tower. The premises, vacant since 1987, are currently being transformed into office space. The interior design follows the architectural work carried out by Provencher_Roy. Desjardins is the first tenant and has a 15-year lease. Its call centres and administrative offices takes up seven of the tower’s 12 storeys, or 80% of the rental space available at this iconic site.
The concept for the interior design symbolizes the tower’s history. The aim is to create a work environment that fosters interaction and creativity. The spectacular space provided by the seven floors of this iconic work of Québec architecture is enhanced by a design adapted to the Olympic Stadium’s organic volumes in order to give employees a workplace that is stimulating and collaborative. The Olympic spirit is remaining ubiquitous thanks to a selection of historical references to the stadium’s primary vocation.
Desjardins Gestion immobilière
150 000 pi² (13 935 m²) spread out on seven floors
The impressive concrete structure is remaining visible and be emphasized by the neutral tones of the walls and ceilings. The areas near the windows are unobstructed in order to enable the creation of an architectural promenade along which employees can enjoy spectacular views of the stadium and the city. Zones for collaboration and relaxation are also integrated along the imposing windows.
The space itself is like a work tool, with the ultramodern offices incorporating the latest technological equipment in order to attract and meet the needs of employees aged 25 to 35. There are areas for lounging and entertainment, coffee nooks and multifunctional rooms designed with a young, active clientele in mind. The spacious, luminous rooms has light grey or marbled floor coverings. Elsewhere, the detail of the waiting area’s poppy-shaped ceiling evokes the orange hue of the original retractable roof as seen from the inside. All in all, the streamlined, resolutely contemporary style is most assuredly inspire a strong sense of belonging among Desjardins employees. The project thus moves beyond the creation of a workplace to that of an animated, living space.
“The Tower is an iconic Montreal landmark and our employees are thrilled with the idea of working there. Offices drenched in natural light, shared spaces, rest areas, a variety of food options, dining rooms, and more—in short, a design that has been thought through to the last detail. As well, the influx of over a thousand workers to east Montreal’s Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough will doubtlessly help revitalize the neighbourhood and the local economy, and we’re really happy about that,” says Mathieu Desrosiers, sponsor of the Destination Montréal Tower project at Desjardins.