Square Dorchester Nord
Square Dorchester Nord
Montréal (Québec), Canada

Restoring of the truncated northern fringe of Square Dorchester

The northern edge of historic Square Dorchester had been cut off in the mid-1900s by the construction of an underground parking garage and the widening of a street. These actions are playfully incorporated into the design for a classic Victorian fountain positioned on the line of this bifurcation. From the park side of this divide, the elevation of the fountain is revealed as a timeless water feature typical of Montreal’s mid-nineteenth century ‘belle-époque’ period. From the street side, the fountain is sliced to manifest the cut line to be visible as a two-dimensional silhouette cut-out. The relationship between these two elevations presents a curious tension that embodies an evolving history of civic values while pragmatically maintaining their function and spirit. Similarly, the original diagonal Victorian pathways radiating from the centre of Square Dorchester had been sliced by two car ramps descending to the underground parking garage. Two arched pedestrian bridges restore these axes without interrupting traffic flows, effectively positioning the park thresholds closer to rue St-Catherine to plug into the large volumes of pedestrians that circulate on this emblematic commercial street.

Client
Ville de Montréal

Collaboration
François Menard, Fountain Engineer - Aedifica - Gilles Arpin, Lighting

Area
3600 m2

Year
2015-2018

Status
In progress

Categories
Heritage
Park
Square Dorchester Nord - Illustration, Cyril Doisneau
Square Dorchester Nord - Rendering, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Rendering, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Rendering, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Plan, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Elevation Rendering, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Elevation Rendering, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Conceptual Precedent, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Rendering, CC+A
Square Dorchester Nord - Contextual Argument, Études et Formes Paysagères, J. CHA
Square Dorchester Nord - Contextual Argument, Études et Formes Paysagères, J. CHA