July 2, 2009
by Canadian Architect
SNC-Lavalin recently announced a partnership agreement between the Government of Quebec and Groupe immobilier Ovation (a limited partnership wholly owned by SNC-Lavalin) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new concert hall for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Located in downtown Montreal on the northeast corner of Place des Arts, the new 2,100-seat concert hall, to be known as L’Adresse Symphonique, will provide conductor Kent Nagano and the 120 musicians of the MSO with a permanent address for their full schedule of year-round musical performances. For decades, the MSO has been sharing space with other tenants in the adjacent 2,990-seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, where acoustics for concert music were less than ideal, and where the scheduling of rehearsals, performances and educational programs was at times challenging.
The architects chosen by SNC-Lavalin/Groupe Immobilier Ovation to lead the design of the MSO concert hall are Diamond and Schmitt Architects of Toronto in collaboration with the Montreal firm AEdifica. Diamond and Schmitt are internationally renowned as the award-winning architects of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto (home to both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada). They also designed the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Hall and are currently working in Denver on Boettcher Concert Hall for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
“We are thrilled and honoured to be part of this Montreal venture,” said Jack Diamond, Principal Architect, Diamond and Schmitt Architects. “We intend to deliver a concert hall that will stand proud among the world’s finest venues for playing and listening to music.”
In keeping with the MSO’s goal of attracting the broadest possible audience, the new concert hall will be designed to create an exceptional auditory and visual experience for patrons. By creating an open, welcoming and engaging space on Place des Arts, L’Adresse Symphonique will enhance the public life of downtown Montreal. With its expansive, south-facing glass façade, the interior animated life of the lobby will be clearly visible to passersby thus fostering a new relationship between patrons and the city.
The 200,000-square-foot hall is scheduled to open in 2011.