Carré des Arts
The unique proposal is a response to the abundance of public space that surrounds it and reframes the former place of worship. The project was also executed through public consultation, and was the subject of several upstream reflections that led to social acceptance by local residents and organizations.
Working on the transformation of a heritage building requires an understanding of the context and a commitment to maintaining specific architectural and socio-cultural continuity. In the case of the Carré des Arts project, Sid Lee Architecture aimed not just to conserve the original structure of the former church but also to accentuate its distinctive form and features and honouring the cultural heritage of the site.
The key idea of the project was to project warm living areas open to a unique urban context. The structure of the grid gives way to vast, open interior spaces. Wooden surfaces adorning each of the balconies also accentuate the enveloping aspect of the form, while resonating with the warm, vibrant neighborhood.
“In working with the alternating grid, the formal interplay created will have maximized interior and exterior spaces, offering each resident a unique view of the city coupled with a sense of intimacy,” said Jean Pelland, architect and principal partner of Sid Lee Architecture.
Location: 1115 Square-Amherst
Client: Private client
Architect (concept): Sid Lee Architecture
Architect (execution): ADHOC Architectes
Area: 34 154 sq. ft.
Electromechanical engineers: SP Génie Conseil
Structural engineers: CPF Groupe Conseil
Photographer: David Boyer