The Ville de Montréal, Borough of Verdun, is holding an architectural competition for the development of a cultural presentation venue in the Guy-Gagnon building, located at 5190 Boulevard LaSalle (corner Desmarchais) in Verdun.
Purpose of the competition
This former arena will be repurposed and enlarged to house a performing arts and circus arts presentation venue including a concert hall and exhibition hall in Studio B. Studio A, used by the École de cirque de Verdun, will also be refitted.
This conversion will require remodelling of the building envelope, in harmony with the structure’s site along the St. Lawrence River. The property must form an integrated architectural whole, reflect the pursuit of a contemporary esthetic and project a resolutely arts-oriented image. In keeping with the desire to achieve an architectural work of quality, translucidity, materiality and inventiveness must be the watchwords.
The project aims at creating a hub for the performing arts and circus arts in the district.
Type of competition
This is a Québec-wide architecture competition in two stages, the first involving submission of proposals and the second involving project presentations, with compensation, by four finalists.
The jury, which is the same for both stages, comprises the following individuals:
Diane Vallée, Director, Culture, Sports, Recreation and Social Development, Borough of Verdun
Louise Cayer, Director, Culture, Sports, Recreation and Social Development, Borough of Outremont
Pierre Morel, architect
Jean Pelland, architect
Benoît Dupuis, architect
Stéphane Lavoie, General Manager, TOHU, Cité des arts du cirque
Frédéric Dubé, architect and professor, Université de Montréal
Jean Cardin, Manager, Engineering Division, Borough of Verdun
Entrants must register with Louise Amiot, the competition’s professional advisor. The registration form, included with the rules, must be returned to the professional advisor no later than November 8, 2011.
Submission and deadline
Proposals must be received by 11 a.m. on November 11, 2011, at the following address:
Direction du bureau d’arrondissement de Verdun Care of Mme Louise Hébert, secrétaire d’arrondissement 4555, rue de Verdun, bureau 102 Verdun (Québec) H4G 1M4