NIPpaysage to design new Montreal urban park

The Montreal-based landscape architecture firm NIPpaysage has won first prize for a new Montreal park to be named Place de l’Acadie. Sponsored by the Ville de Montréal, the winning design for this competition will be a welcome addition to the Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville and will serve as an entry point to the neighbourhood. Entitled <I>Mosaïques<P>, the $850,000 design is set to begin construction in June 2011.

Some of the features to be discovered in this small park include a series of “landscaped events” that punctuate the site, including: entrance markers, visual screens, retention basins, play structures, sound barriers and sound-reducing berms.

With a landscape particularly sensitive to issues of local biodiversity, the design of the park is inspired by the randomized pattern of tile fragments found in many foyers of buildings dating from the 1960s. Old street numbers will be inserted into the paving patterns, and each paving section will define a series of smaller micro-gardens comprising the park. The treatment of paving and plantings will ensure a high degree of permeability for rain and snow. Grassy beaches with fruit trees will help mitigate noise from the nearby highway. The heart of this new urban space will comprise three large stone benches and a series of water jets emitting a fine mist into the air – a welcome addition during the sweltering summer months.