We are pleased to announce that the last phase of the new CHUM hospital complex —which includes the Pierre-Péladeau Amphitheatre— has been named a finalist by the jury of the Ordre des architectes du Québec 2022 Awards of Excellence in Architecture! It is thus submitted to the public vote until March 27 and is eligible for one of the awards of excellence in architecture that will be presented at the gala evening to be held on Friday, April 8 at the Théâtre St-James in Montreal.
Located in the heart of a busy block in downtown Montreal, the last phase of the new CHUM is integrated into a dense and diverse urban environment. Preceded by the construction of the Research Centre and a portion of the hospital, it completes a colossal, over 400,000 m²-project and makes the CHUM one of the largest hospital centers in North America.
The project includes a 365-seat amphitheatre, a plaza, two joined towers of 16 and 17 storeys accommodating outpatient clinics, Medical Records, a public library, offices, the hospital's main entrance on Saint-Denis Street, and a large underground parking lot, for a total area of 73,752 m².
The organizing element of the project is the plaza, around which the medical campus is articulated. This public area for rest and contemplation opens onto the historic buildings of Saint-Denis Street. It facilitates an intuitive orientation from the towers while linking public spaces and accesses.
The heart of the project, as much by its form as by its unifying function and its position in the urban square, is the Pierre-Péladeau Amphitheatre. With its singular shape and its copper panel envelope —a noble, durable and emblematic material of the built heritage—, it gives the project a unique character. The copper cladding artfully reflects the sunlight during the day and diffuses a warm glow at night through the perforated surface. From opaque screen to fine lace, the envelope preserves the intimacy of the place, without depriving it of its relationship with the outside. The refined architecture of the amphitheatre, a true work of art, complements the incredible public art program of the new CHUM.
Benefiting from their privileged position, the transparent towers offer unobstructed views of the city as well as a bright care and work environment conducive to well-being.
"The amphitheater, with its rounded copper-clad volume placed on a plaza framed by smooth towers, restores a welcome human scale to this large hospital complex."
— Jury comment
Congratulations to the finalists and to the entire team that worked on this colossal project!
Design: CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s
Design finalization, execution and construction supervision: Jodoin Lamarre Pratte / Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux architectes en consortium
Engineering: Pageau Morel et associés inc., SDK et associés
Landscape architecture: NIPPAYSAGE