Owner of a site located west of the Place des Festivals, the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) has undertaken the construction of the Îlot Balmoral, a building which benefits from exceptional visibility in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, Montreal’s entertainment district. In fall 2019, it welcomed, among other lessees, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) headquarters and the École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD) of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC).
The building is an integral part of an institutional and cultural hub comprised of Montreal’s most prestigious cultural venues, namely Place des Arts, Symphony House, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Espace Danse. Occupants of the Îlot Balmoral enjoy prime vantage points for the countless summertime performances that will unfold on the immense outdoor stage that is the Place des Festivals.
The Îlot Balmoral, with its bold and unique contemporary architecture, acts as a symbolic gateway to downtown Montreal, along Maisonneuve Boulevard. Its 27,000 m2 of leasable area houses, among others, and over six storeys, the new headquarters of the National Film Board (NFB) and its custom-designed viewing rooms.
Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM)
Construction Management: Groupe TEQ
Dupras Ledoux ingénieurs
Nicolet Chartrand Knoll Ltée
AECOM / Exim / Go multimédia / Technorm
Candidate for Gold LEED-NC Certification
The building’s defining characteristic is its two distinct volumes, separated by a large vertical “fault line.” Emphasized by its bright red hue that references the colour motif of the Quartier des spectacles, this opening allows natural light to penetrate deep into the building’s interior, lighting walkways that bridge the two structures.
To confer lightness and transparency to the ground floor, the lower facade of the north structure is built as a curtain wall of glass. The lobby was designed with pedestrians in mind and is open on both the east- and west-facing sides, enabling them to walk across this public space that connects Bleury Street and the Place des Festivals.