December 13, 2011
by Canadian Architect
The winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer centre at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) was unveiled. Among the four submitted by the finalist firms, the jury chose the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte/Hughes Condon Marler Architects. The other three finalists were: Côté Leahy Cardas Architectes, Eric Pelletier Architectes, and L’Équipe Affleck + de la Riva/Cannon Design.
The roof of the new soccer centre on the site of the former Miron quarry will call to mind a mineral stratum, eloquently heralding the structure as seen from Avenue Papineau. The volumes of the building will rise like a series of luminous crystals among the trees in the wooded embankment bordering the avenue, lending a human scale to the project to observers in the residential neighbourhood on the other side of Papineau, and inviting citizens to explore the SMEC Park. The centre will include one full-size soccer pitch that can be subdivided into smaller surfaces for seven-a-side play; locker rooms; a fitness and physiotherapy room; an event and restaurant area; and a family rest area. The centre will also house the offices of the Association régionale de soccer Montréal Concordia. Pursuant to Montreal’s policy on sustainable development for municipal buildings, the Ville de Montréal is targeting LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, New Construction) Gold certification for this exemplary structure.
The total cost of the new soccer centre is $28.3 million, with the Ville de Montréal investing $15.6 million and the governments of Canada and Quebec contributing another $12.7 million through the Building Canada Fund – Quebec.
For more information, please visit http://mtlunescodesign.com/en/project/SMEC-Soccer-Complex-Architecture-Competition.
indoor soccer centre by saucier + perrotte architectes/hughes condon marler architects