Nature en spectacle, Montréal

Canada

The project, located in the Quartier des spectacles in Montréal, aims to enrich the cultural district with a new landscape identity providing an ecological service for the city centre.

The project, located in the Quartier des spectacles in Montréal, aims to enrich the cultural district with a new landscape identity providing an ecological service for the city centre.

Situated at the heart of Montréal’s vibrant Quartier des Spectacles, this innovative project introduces a pioneering landscape identity designed to offer ecological benefits to the urban core. The initiative draws on the principles of the Quartier des Spectactles highlighting a long-standing commitment to integrating culture and nature within the urban core, through the proliferation of performance venues, cultural events, and public art installations that often reflect or incorporate natural themes​.It is envisioned as a green oasis amidst the city’s concrete expanse, fostering biodiversity and providing a refreshing escape from the urban environment. The design incorporates four foundational layers — soil, humans, vegetation, and fauna — working harmoniously to establish a welcoming and inclusive space for community engagement and ecological diversity.

The project’s foundation rests on fully permeable soil, ensuring uninterrupted natural flows and fostering a thriving ecosystem. A distinctive feature of this green oasis is its innovative floating walkway, a striking yellow structure that hovers above the ground, enveloped by lush vegetation. This elevated path, coupled with an intricate network of nets, invites visitors into an immersive ‘mini-forest’ experience where they can relax, engage in playful activities, and intimately connect with nature.

With adaptability at its core, the space is ready to host a diverse range of activities, from serene winter gatherings to vibrant summer festivals. It’s a space that seamlessly adjusts to the changing seasons and community needs, reassuring you of its functionality and versatility.

A cornerstone of the project’s environmental strategy is its advanced water management system, featuring a rain garden and a bio-retention pond. These elements play a crucial role in efficiently managing stormwater, mitigating urban runoff, and contributing to the sustainability of the surrounding ecosystem.

By intertwining these elements, the project not only enhances the aesthetic and functional appeal of the Quartier des Spectacles but also underscores Montréal’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, and community well-being. This visionary initiative is a testament to the city’s dedication to creating dynamic green spaces that serve both the environment and its inhabitants, inspiring a deeper connection between urban life and the natural world.

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