A transfer center is a place of passage and crossroads leading to a multitude of possible destinations. This function inspired our team to work with a triangular grid where lines intersect, converge or diverge. This dynamic grid is present as a leitmotif in the project, and is expressed in the composition of the envelope and the columns, as well as in the geometry of the skylight. This impressive 23.5 x 13.5 m structure overlooks the area of the automatic inspection kiosks, the heart of the project, where passengers complete the border control process.
The Montreal-Trudeau Airport transfer center is also permeated with the Canadian geographic identity. The façade, a triangular grid of solids and voids, is a reinterpretation of the Canadian shield landscape as seen from the sky, which is characterized by areas of dense forest, rocky outcrops and large bodies of water. Inside, local and Canadian materials have been used, such as Atlantic Black granite on the floor and birch wood, used as wall cladding. Participating in the improvement of thermal comfort and well-being, a green wall is connected to the ventilation system. It maintains a satisfactory level of humidity in the air preheated by a solar wall located on the south façade of the building, a renewable energy source.
This construction provides a bright and relaxing place, which contributes to reducing the stress of transit passengers as they pass through customs, while reflecting the values of sustainability and hospitality that we hold dear.