Buildings / Museums, Cultural Centres
|Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Montreal firm Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte & Associés
is the architect of the Museum, which inaugurated its building
on May 28, 1992.
The Museum takes advantage of the narrow western part of its
site to produce an edifice whose strong linearity establishes
a close relationship with Jeanne Mance Street and defines a highly
significant urban space. Two large skylights emerge from the
superposition of rectangular volumes that recall the character
of Maisonneuve Hall. From Saint Catherine Street, setbacks open
the view toward Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier while giving impetus
to a movement that steers the visitor toward both the Museum
entrance and the esplanade, recently re-landscaped as an urban
Its architectural character establishes a dialogue with Salle
Wilfrid-Pelletier by making use of the colonnade that thereby
incorporates the notion of time. The rhythmical pace of the columns
affirms the civic nature of the Museum on Jeanne Mance Street,
balances the opacity of its façades and creates an accompanying
rhythm for the pedestrian walking from the new subway edicule
on Jeannne Mance toward Saint Catherine Street.
Its exterior language is current and provides an overall continuity
with the two existing Place des Arts architectural structures
by using materials that harmonize with them, such as untreated
copper, tinted glass and pre-cast concrete.
The functions of the Museum are spread over a total area of 15,100
m2, covering six floors and a basement, whose hub is the open,
light-filled three-storey circular hall. From the hall, a stairway
leads to the upper floor where the exhibition rooms are located.
Their proportions and layout were carefully studied to offer
very characterized spaces providing varied perspectives. In the
centre is the restaurant accommodating seventy patrons who can
look out over the redesigned site and the city. A boutique and
a versatile theatre establish a link with the Place des Arts'
Salle des pas perdus (Hall of lost steps). A sculptural garden,
accessible from the temporary exhibition rooms, is arranged in
continuity with the new exterior environmental design of the
esplanade that forms a large urban park in the heart of the city.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the only
one of its kind in Canada, is located in a building with a strong
and dynamic architectural composition that asserts the Museum's
presence in the urban fabric and expresses the vitality of contemporary
185 Sainte-Catherine West, Montreal