Montreal cultural and administrative complex

An architectural proposal submitted by a consortium made up of de Architekten Cie of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Aedifica TPL Architecture of Montreal has won an international competition for the design of a new cultural and administrative complex for Montreal which will house the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal and the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Quebec a Montreal. The other four competitors making up the short list in the competition consisted of a consortium of Cohlmeyer Architects Limited with Provencher Roy et Associs, Jodoin Lamarre associs architectes and Cardinal Hardy et associs architectes; NOMADE + Lemay; Opus 4 / Busby + Associates with proscenium Architecture + Interiors, Beauchamp Bourbeau Ral Paul and Arcop Architectes; and Saucier + Perrotte/Menks Shooner Dagenais architectes. The Netherlands’ de Architekten Cie is responsible for the renovation, expansion and fit-up of Berlin’s Jakob-Kaiser-Haus government complex and the construction of the Centre for Music in Hilversum, The Netherlands while the Quebec firms Aedifica and TPL (Les architectes Ttreault Parent Languedoc associs) have designed an expansion of the Palais des Congrs, Montreal, and the Experimental Biology Laboratory for the Armand-Frappier Institute, respectively. The jury’s president Georges Adamczyk stated that the winning design “clearly and appropriately expresses a fervour of modernism, in regard to the grouping of important cultural and administrative functions. In addition to satisfying the project needs, this innovative proposal is in line with the creative nature of Montreal, a cultural metropolis.”