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Press kit - Press release - Montréal announces the names of the finalists in the Space for Life architecture competition - Bureau du design - Ville de Montréal

Montréal announces the names of the finalists in the Space for Life architecture competition

Montreal, Canada

Bureau du design - Ville de Montréal

Montreal, Canada, 2014-04-29 -

Manon Gauthier, Ville de Montréal Executive Committee member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design, Space for Life and the Status of Women, is pleased to announce the names of the finalists that have made it past the first stage of the Space for Life architecture competition. After deliberating on April 3 and 4, the jury announced its decision this morning to the members of the Executive Committee. The latter agreed to award twelve contracts for professional services to the firms authorized to represent the finalists for projects A, B and C of the first stage of the international competition. In so doing, the city administration is investing $847,000 in this major project that will provide legacies for Montréal's 375th anniversary.


The international competition, launched in February 2014, calls for designs for three major projects, all of them legacies for Montréal's 375th anniversary: the Insectarium Metamorphosis, the Biodôme Renewal and the construction of a Glass Pavilion at the Botanical Garden. Of the 59 proposals received, 21 were for the Insectarium Metamorphosis, 11 for the Biodôme Renewal and 27 for the Glass Pavilion. Four finalist teams were chosen for each project.

“We are pleased and proud that this architecture competition, intended to provide Space for Life with facilities worthy of our status as a UNESCO City of Design, has attracted talented firms from here as well as abroad,” Gauthier said, adding: “Design quality must raise the signature of Montréal in all of our urban planning initiatives. As a result, Space for Life will soon welcome true heritage jewels that will help affirm Montréal’s leadership role as a city of knowledge, a creative city and a standard-bearer for an international movement in favour of a form of biodiversity that brings people closer to nature.”

Finalists from Québec and a number of countries


The competition, intended for multidisciplinary teams of architects, Living Building Challenge and LEED certification experts, scenic designers, landscape architects and engineers, attracted 30 proposals from nine different countries, mainly Canada (Québec) and France, but also Tunisia, the United States and Spain.

During this first stage, the participants had to present their vision for one or more of the three projects. Many Québec firms teamed up with partners from abroad and other Canadian provinces. Eight teams were chosen to take part in the next stage in the competition and to submit more detailed concepts for one or more of the projects.

Project A – Insectarium Metamorphosis
The goal of this project is to expand and renovate the existing building and some outdoor areas.

•    Atelier Ville Architecture Paysage

(representative: Atelier Ville Architecture Paysage + MARC MIMRAM) (Québec + France) – $89,680.50
•    in situ atelier d’architecture

(Québec) – $89,680.50
•    Kuehn Malvezzi GmbH

(representative: Équipe Kuehn Malvezzi) (Germany + Québec) – $78,000
•    Lacaton & Vassal, architectes

(France) – $78,000

Biodôme Renewal
This project is intended to revamp some of the Biodôme’s exhibition spaces, including its ecosystems.

•    Atelier Ville Architecture Paysage

(representative: Atelier Ville Architecture Paysage + MARC MIMRAM) (Québec + France) – $89,680.50
•    AZPML Ltée

(representative: AZPML + KANVA)

(United States) – $78,000
•    ARCOP architectures inc.

(representative:BNIM/L’OEUF/ARCOP) (Québec) – $89,680.50
•    Coll-Leclerc arquitectos SLP (representative: Cloud 9 - Coll-Leclerc-N.F.O.E.. Architectes consortium) (Spain + Québec) – $78,000

The Glass Pavilion at the Botanical Garden


This project is intended to create a versatile, flexible and environmentally efficient building to host eco-friendly horticultural events and corporate functions.

•    in situ atelier d’architecture

(Québec) – $47,139.75
•    Kuehn Malvezzi GmbH

(representative: Équipe Kuehn Malvezzi)
(Germany + Québec) - $41,000
•    Lacaton & Vassal, architectes 

(France) – $41,000
•    Saucier Perrotte, architectes

(Québec) (Québec) – $47,139.75

These eight finalists will present their final concepts to the jury in July 2014. Members of the public will also be invited to this exceptional event, scheduled for July 9, 10 and 11. A winning team will then be selected for each project.

An international jury


The finalists were chosen by a highly qualified jury comprising five leading figures from the world of architecture and design, along with an expert in biophilic design and sustainable development. They are: William G. Reed, sustainable development consultant, Integrative Design Collaborative and Regenesis (United States); Jean Beaudoin, architect, Intégral Jean Beaudoin (Québec); Édouard François, architect, Maison Édouard François (France); Mario Cucinella, architect, Mario Cucinella Architects SRL (Italy); Normand Hudon, architect, Coarchitecture (Québec); and Stephen R. Kellert, biophilic design expert, Yale University (United States). In addition to these members from outside Space for Life, the jury included Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of Space for Life; Anne Charpentier, Director of the Insectarium; Rachel Léger, Director of the Biodôme; and Gilles Vincent, Director of the Botanical Garden.

About the Bureau du design


The city’s Bureau du design is working with Space for Life to prepare and run the competition. Such competitions are among the many commitments made by the city and the partners in the 2007–2017 Action Plan – Montréal, Cultural Metropolis, which aims to promote excellence in design and architecture while helping to affirm Montréal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design. Montréal is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, consisting of 41 cities in 23 countries. The network helps creators in member cities share their experiences, while promoting the international exchange of best practices and knowledge.

About Space for Life


Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together they are initiating a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and to cultivate a new way of living. 

Source: 
Sabrina Williams
Press Attaché
Office of the Mayor and the Executive Committee
514 872-5628

Information:     
Karine Jalbert
Communications Coordinator
Space for Life
514 872-1453

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