Jardin de Montréal à Shanghai
Jardin de Montréal à Shanghai
Shanghai, China

Public garden in Pudong Century Park

Former mayors Xu Kuangdi of Shanghai and Pierre Bourque of Montreal shared a common vision: to create gardens as a testament to the friendship between the two cities and to commemorate the meeting of East and West. In 1990, Shanghai made a gift of the magnificent China Garden to the Montreal Botanical Gardens. A decade later, we reciprocated with the Montreal Garden in Shanghai.

In the heart of Pudong’s Century Park, the Montreal Garden is located in the midst of the landscape mosaic that reflects contemporary China. Located on its own island, the garden takes the general form of a typical Canadian landscape – a rolling meadow under a plantation of poplars. But the aim is not to reproduce a fragment of the nation as much as to evoke specific impressions: the immensity of the landscape, the quality of the forest light, the winding of a carriage path.

The rural landscape paintings of Cornelius Kreighoff and the biomorphic shapes of artist Tony Smith served as twin inspirations for the work, which aims to create a resolutely modern environment rooted in the traditional past: a modern picturesque.

Client
City of Montreal

Collaboration
Parks Department, City of Montreal

Area
28 000 m2 (6,9 acres)

Awards

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Regional Merit – In collaboration with SPJEV City of Montreal

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
National Citation – In collaboration with SPJEV City of Montreal

The Canadian Architect
Award of excellence – Montreal Garden in Shanghai and Pavillon – In collaboration with Saucier+Perotte architects and SPJEV City of Montreal

Year
1999-2000

Status
Built

Categories
Park
Plaza / Garden
CC+A, June 2005
CC+A, June 2005
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CC+A, June 2005
Plan, CC+A, 1998
Inspiration, Louisenberg by Tony Smith.
Tony Smith, architect, painter, sculptor,
New York, The Museum of Modern Art,
1998, p. 111, around 1953-54
Inspiration, The Blacksmith’s Shop by Cornelius Krieghoff
Conceptual image, CC+A