Creation of esplanade Clark (now called Esplanade Tranquille) constitutes the last phase of the Quartier des spectacles major project, the Place des Arts hub. Esplanade Tranquille, situated west of rue Clark, between Sainte-Catherine and De Montigny, will have a vocation complementary to those of the other public places in Quartier des spectacles; it is to be a more intimate space. This new public space will include an exterior refrigerated skating rink, which in the summer will become a grand urban terrace. The plaza will become a special place to host citizen and cultural activities as well as performances including, primarily, those of the major festivals and events of the summer period.
Inspired by the spirit of the backyard where people enjoy hanging out together and chatting, the space is to be intimate, friendly and human-scaled. It will truly be a space for life, encouraging strong citizen appropriation. It will welcome residents, workers, district regulars, tourists and will offer a particular opportunity for families and children.
The public space will include conventional furniture, for daily use of the plaza, in particular chairs and tables. That urban furniture is not included in this competition. As an adjunct to that furniture, through this competition the Ville de Montréal seeks to equip the space with playful, movable furniture adapted to a variety of types of users, including families. It is hoped that this furniture collection will help make the space lively, convivial and warm, and extend the length of time users stay in the space, during all seasons of the year. The playful furniture collection will act as a support for imagination; its configuration will evolve through the seasons and with respect to needs. This furniture will provide opportunities for playing, interaction, encounters, movement, strolling, rest, refreshment and similar experiences. This playful furniture is designed to provide experiences for the inner child, no matter the age.
The furniture elements to be designed and developed in the Project include but are not limited to the following:
- The carousel reinvented (amazement, contemplation, play);
- The reinvented fountain or fountains (become refreshed, playful);
- A series of complementary, playful furniture elements, acting as connection between the two above-mentioned major elements of the collection (for sitting, resting, creating, strolling, expressing and amusing oneself, etc.).
All furniture elements must be easy to move and transport in order to allow rearrangement of the spaces as a function of the seasons and festival events.
The proposed budget for the manufacture and installation of all furniture elements of the collection is six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) before taxes.