The Montreal Holocaust Museum has acquired a site situated at 3535 Saint-Laurent Boulevard to construct a new Museum. The site is in the centre of the alley-less block bordered by Sherbrooke, Saint-Dominique and Prince- Arthur streets and Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Saint-Laurent Boulevard is rich in history and has significant symbolic and heritage importance for the Jewish community and for the francophone, anglophone, and all immigrant communities. It is a symbol of cultural diversity, a space of artistic and technological creativity and laboratory of ideas.
This symbolism of place has contributed significantly to the choice of the site.
The site, which has been vacant for more than forty years, has a surface area of nearly 1860 square meters and a frontage on the boulevard of 44 meters. It is currently occupied by a large outdoor parking area and two vernacular buildings located on the southwest corner of the site.
The construction budget was estimated at CAD 27,880,000 before taxes.
1.3 Issues and challenges
The key issues and challenges facing designers in the project are:
- The architecture must appeal to current and future generations, not only visitors but also the citizens and decision-makers of tomorrow.
- The architecture must contribute to the expression of the Museum's values of inclusion, equality and respect for diversity, notably by reinforcing the Museum's presence in the public space.
- The architecture must allow for a dialogue between spaces dedicated to commemoration and reflection and those dedicated to learning and awareness in a journey that opens perspectives between the present, the past, and the future.
- The new Museum must fit into the site and assert its presence in a contemporary and sensitive manner, taking into account the historical and symbolic aspects related to Saint- Laurent Boulevard and the existing buildings on the site.
- The new Museum must take advantage of the effervescence and diversity of Saint- Laurent Boulevard to create a platform open to encounters and exchanges through accessible and convivial public spaces
- Outdoor spaces should be designed to integrate with the Museum and enrich the visitor experience.
- Innovative solutions should be used to provide flexible spaces that allow for various activities and respond to changing needs.
- The building must meet or exceed current standards and implement best practices, particularly in museology, universal accessibility and sustainable development.
- The Museum is aiming for LEED Silver certification, the intention being to create an exemplary building in terms of sustainable development, both in terms of respect for the environment and the quality of the proposed spaces.
Stage 1: Project Portfolio
1.1 Qualification - December 1, 2021 to January 28, 2022
Stage 1.1 aims to qualify teams that can successfully undertake the project through a qualification dossier presenting the composition of the team and relevant completed projects.
1.2 Proposal: Conceptual Intentions and Spatial Strategies - February 9 to March 16, 2022
Stage 1.2 is designed to encourage ideas, interpretations, and approaches for the new Museum. Based on the concepts and spatial strategies submitted anonymously, four proposals will be selected as finalists by the jury.
Stage 2: Architectural Solutions and Interdisciplinary Development
2.1 Team completion - April 11 to May 18, 2022
Stage 2.1 will see the introduction of the structural and electromechanical engineers as well as landscape architects who will join the finalists to form a multidisciplinary team for the next stage.
2.2 Architectural solutions and interdisciplinary development - April 11 to June 1 2022
Stage 2.2 is paid CAD 119,000 and will allow the four finalist teams to further develop the concepts presented in stage 1.2. Guided by the jury’s comments, they will create architectural solutions and develop the project in an interdisciplinary manner.
Architectural competition of the Ordre des architectes du Québec
Due to present circumstances, all entries will be digital. All activities related to the competition will be conducted virtually.
Executive Director, Montreal Holocaust Museum
Architect, Director of the School of Architecture, Université de Montréal
Architect, Studio Vedanta Balbahadur, Lecturer, McGill University
Director, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Founding Co-Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Professor, Department of History, Concordia University
Architect, Hérault Arnod Architectures, Paris
Educator and Holocaust survivor, Member of the Museum's Board of Directors
Architect and Landscape Architect, Lupien+Matteau, Professor - School of Design, UQAM
Landscape architect and urban designer, RobitailleCurtis