Pointe-à-callière Museum, 1990-1992
Museum of Archaeology and History of Montreal
350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec
Medal of excellence, Governor General’s Awards of excellence, 1994
Grand prize of excellence, Order of Architects of Quebec, 1993
Orange Prize, Save Montreal Society, 1992
“Memory and inventory” constitute the major themes employed in the elaboration of this project. Given the significance of the site, the architecture of the museum’s components is influenced by the events which have taken place here since the founding of Montreal, and where more than six centuries of history are superimposed. The museum is comprised of three elements; a new building called the “Eperon”, a crypt, and the former Customs House. The “Eperon”, constitutes the focal point of the project. A work of masonry, it fills the triangular form of the site and respects the massing of the former “Royal Insurance Building”, the last occupant of this historic place. By recreating its morphology, the construction tightens the perspective of Place d’Youville, and re-establishes the continuity of the urban façade of de la Commune Street towards the St-Lawrence River.
6 935 m2
$27 Millions
SIMPA Projet in collaboration with Provencher Roy & associés architects