Lemay + Angela Silver + SNC-Lavalin win the International Multidisciplinary Landscape Architecture Competition, for their design of the Place des Montréalaises
6 septembre 2018
Montréal, September 6, 2018 – The mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, revealed today, at city hall, the winners of the International Multidisciplinary Landscape Architecture Competition for their design of the Place des Montréalaises. The winners are Lemay + Angela Silver + SNC-Lavalin. The international jury retained their concept among those of four finalists.
A junction between downtown and Old Montréal
The call for nominations pertained to the landscape design of this new public place linking Old Montréal to the downtown area, in the vicinity of Champ-de-Mars, and within the quadrilateral bordered by Avenue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Rue Saint-Antoine Est, Rue Sanguinet and Avenue Viger Est, in Ville-Marie borough. The competition also pertained to the construction of a pedestrian walkway between the Place des Montréalaises and Champ-de-Mars, crossing over the Saint-Antoine approach. The competition, launched in 2017, aimed to highlight the commemoration of 21 Montréal women who have shaped our city's history, namely the victims of the Polytechnique attack.
The jury, made up of 11 members, including 9 women, selected the concept proposed by Lemay + Angela Silver + SNC-Lavalin because of its strong identity and its contemporary approach. The serenity, peacefulness and poetry emanating from the new Place des Montréalaises have also enchanted the jury.
Harmoniously combining architecture, art and landscaping, the winning project includes a large flower-covered slope rising towards the Champ-de-Mars, and an urban forest at the exit of Champ-de-Mars metro station. This plant-filled path will be landscaped all year-round in honor of Montréal's women. It will link the two sections of the Place des Montréalaises and will be universally accessible. The slope will also offer various views of the city.
The overall budget for the development of the Place des Montréalaises is of $62.4 M. This amount excludes the cover over Autoroute de Ville-Marie, a project paid for by the government of Québec as part of Montréal's 375th anniversary, and estimated at $68 M.
The inauguration of the Place des Montréalaises is projected for the year 2022. Starting this summer and until the beginning of construction work in 2020, Ville-Marie borough is responsible for its temporary set-up and for its cultural programming.
“Congratulations to the winning team! They have come up with a wonderful public square for Montréalers to rest, stroll around, gather in and admire our downtown core from, all while honoring the memory of our city's important women. It is a great design that will only be refined by the time construction starts, with the collaboration of various partners, including the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports. This project is very likely to become one of our city's iconic sites.”
Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal
“This represents an important step forward in the major Champ-de-Mars urban development, linking Montréal's historic area to its downtown core. The development of the future public square will enhance both the heritage and the monumental landscape of this key location of our metropolis. The architectural and environmental highlights of this project will contribute to erasing the scars left by the construction of Autoroute Ville-Marie back in the 1970's.”
Éric Alan Caldwell, member of the executive committee, in charge of urban planning, transportation and the Office de consultation publique de Montréal
“The audacity of this winning proposal will contribute to the rise of our metropolis among the cities of the world that encourage excellence in design and in architecture as part of major urban projects. This daring and creative project proposes an intelligent blend of landscape architecture and art, and is worthy of Montréal's reputation as a UNESCO city of design.”
Christine Gosselin, member of the executive committee, in charge of culture, heritage and design.
“The harmonious convergence between plant designs and construction architecture constitutes a considerable asset for the winning project and addresses an important issue facing this high-density area, by improving its ecological quality and by fighting against heat islands.”
Luc Ferrandez, member of the executive committee, in charge of large parks, green areas and major projects.