The Pierre-Péladeau Amphitheatre —jewel of the final phase of the new Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) in downtown Montréal— won a prize at the 2022 North American Copper in Architecture Awards, a program of the Copper Development Association that recognizes and promotes the outstanding application of architectural copper alloys.
Chosen for its nobility, durability and heritage character —as evidenced by many religious and public buildings— copper is used in a contemporary way in the new CHUM to mark certain elements, such as entry points or passages. In the last phase, it envelops the Pierre-Péladeau Amphitheatre and marks the main entrance on Saint-Denis Street.
With its singular shape and copper panel envelope, the amphitheater gives the hospital complex a unique character. Its cladding artfully reflects sunlight during the day and diffuses a warm glow at night through the perforated surface. Alternately opaque screen or fine lace, the envelope preserves the intimacy of the place, without depriving it of its relationship with the outside environment. The amphitheater calls out to passers-by and users and affirms the essential relationship between the interior and the exterior, between the individual and the community. Its refined architecture, a true work of art, complements the incredible public art program found throughout the new CHUM.
Design: CannonDesign + NEUF architectes
Design review/finalization, construction documents and site supervision: Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes + Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes en consortium
Engineering: Pageau Morel et associés inc., SDK et associés
Copper roofing: Couverture Montréal Nord
Copper wall cladding: Clermont Ltée