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Competition: Peter-McGill Centre, Montréal

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The City of Montréal has launched an international two-stage competition for a new CAD $13.8 million community centre in the downtown Peter-McGill neighbourhood

The team selected for the estimated CAD $1.9 million contract will create a new 5,310m² library and combined cultural and community centre on the ground floor of a new high-rise building designed by local practice Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architects.

The Peter-McGill Centre project will create a new ‘fluid and intuitive’ civic hub for the historic Montréal neighbourhood next to Mount Royal Park. Four multidisciplinary teams will each receive CAD $86,500 to draw up conceptual proposals and present to the jury during the competition’s second phase.

According to the brief: ’Montréal is launching a multidisciplinary architecture competition to develop the Peter-McGill Centre, in order to create a vibrant and revitalizing flagship project for the neighbourhood.The project consists primarily of transforming the interior of a base building into a vibrant centre with a fluid, intuitive layout that combines the functions of a library, cultural centre, and social and community spaces.

‘The project will foster and maintain a sense of belonging and representativeness in the community while emphasizing the centre’s presence within the building complex, its urban setting, and the neighbourhood as a whole. The new project will form the neighbourhood’s nerve centre, serving as a forum for public innovation and a focal point for citizens and organisations who develop activities in tune with today’s needs in order to create a better tomorrow – a venue for culture as a vector of change and citizen empowerment.’

Montréal is the most populous city in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec province. The Montreal Design Bureau was launched 25 years ago to boost design quality across the city and promote local design and architectural talent.

Montreal was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006 and is home to a growing creative industry along with leading institutions such as the International Council of Design. The latest project will create a new community and cultural centre for the Peter-McGill neighbourhood.

Located between University Ave, Camillien-Houde Street and the Ville-Marie highway – Peter-McGill is home to around 33,000 people of whom more than 62 per cent emigrated from outside Canada. Average incomes in Peter-McGill are around CAD $8,000 lower than in the wider region.

Judges include Jean Bouvrette, engineer at the City of Montréal; Alain Carle of Alain Carle Architects; Daniel Smith of Smith Vigeant Architects; and Amélie Harbec from the libraries directorate at the City of Montréal.

The deadline for applications is 16 July.

How to apply

View the contract notice and visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: michelle@decaryarchitecte.ca

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