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Five finalists selected for the expansion of the Muse national des beaux-arts du Qubec

December 21, 2009
by Canadian Architect

The international architecture competition of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has entered a new stage with the selection of five finalists from among the 15 architectural firms who were selected and invited to take part in Stage 1 of the competition last

September. The five finalist teams are:


* Barkow Leibinger architeken/Imrey Culbert architects, Berlin and New York

* Brière, Gilbert et associés/Nieto Sobejano, Montreal, Quebec

* Fichten Soiferman et Associés Architectes/Allied Works Architecture, Montreal, Quebec

* Groupe ARCOP/David Chipperfield architects, London, England

* OMA, R. Koolhaas, Rotterdam, Holland


The competition jury thanks the 15 participating firms for their proposals. The jury chair is Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, director of Muséums nature de Montréal and the jury’s representative from the cultural community. In addition to Brunelle, the jury is comprised of: Nasrine Seraji, an architect and urban planner with Atelier Seraji Architectes et associés and director of the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris Malaquais; Xaveer De Geyter, principal architect of XDGA Architecten in Brussels; Quebec architect André Bourassa, president of the Ordre des architectes du Québec; Jacques White, architect, École d’architecture, Université Laval; and two representatives of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec – Esther Trépanier, director of the MNBAQ, and John R. Porter, president of the Museum’s foundation and curator of the expansion project. Peter Murphy, architect with Quebec City’s Direction de l’aménagement du territoire, is the jury’s substitute member.


The goal of the next stage of the competition will be to develop the project’s functional solution while meeting the program and the needs and technical constraints of the site. Development of the concept will also make it possible to demonstrate the “sustainable” aspect of the project. Special attention will have to be paid to ensuring that the architectural ideas can be carried out within the construction budget.


Stage 2 of the competition will begin in late February 2010 with the selection of the winning team from the five finalists. The jury’s decision will take effect once it has been ratified by the Museum’s board of directors, likely in late March 2010. The MNBAQ will mount an exhibition in September 2010 of the presentations of all 15 firms selected to participate in Stage 1 of the competition.


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