Located in the heart of the vibrant Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal, adjacent to the Centre for Sustainable Development, Parc Hydro-Québec unfolds like a huge metal grill suspended above a naturalized ground surface – a play upon the urban tree grate. Completely permeable, this device permits the creation of growing conditions comparable to that of a forest, allowing rainwater to flow naturally into the soil and protecting the ground from compaction. A composition of native plants forms the groundcover surrounded by a grid of thirty honey locust trees planted unevenly, transforming this space into a vault of freshness.
MENKÈS SHOONER DAGENAIS LETOURNEUX architectes, Éclairage Public, Albert Mondor (horticulture)
3260 m2 (0.8 acre)
Durabilys Award – Green Building Council of Quebec – New construction and major renovation LEED – in collaboration with Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architectes
National Citation – Canadian Society of Landscape Architects – Design
People’s choice – Ordre des Architectes du Québec – in collaboration with Menkes, Shooner, Dagenais, Letourneux Architectes