Four Seasons Hotel Montréal
At the heart of Montréal’s Golden Square Mile, against the backdrop of Mount Royal, the Four Seasons Hotel Montréal building combines classic elegance and contemporary style.
With a total surface area of 35,000 m², the 18-storey Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture designed building includes a 169-room hotel, 18 private residences and 3,250 m2 of commercial spaces.
The hotel stands out with its streamlined off-set volumes and richly textured accents that embody the luxury and refinement of the hotel banner. Its interiors and exteriors are also carefully integrated with the Holt Renfrew Ogilvy complex.
The 5.5-meter-high lobby extends into the adjoining commercial spaces while an immense atrium showcasing Pascale Girardin’s artistic installation, Contemplation, is open to residents and hotel guests.
On De la Montagne St., the lower floors respect the pedestrian scale and delicately link the project to its streetscape, as the remaining three facades integrate on an urban scale with Sainte-Catherine and Crescent Streets and De Maisonneuve Blvd.
“The overriding importance of integrating the building with its environment is reflected in several ways, sometimes assertive, sometimes subtle, and gives the project its relevance and longevity. The architecture draws its source from the spirit of place, its history, its community, to ultimately enhance the cityscape,” said Eric Pelletier, architect, senior partner and design principal at Lemay.
The building’s angles define its hospitality, residential and commercial vocations. An imposing, 500-guest ballroom with a massive terrasse that offers views of the Leonard Cohen mural and Mount Royal tops the first floors.
At the tallest part of the building, as of the 14th floor, the facade extends outwards. Crowning the entire building, this overhanging volume is dedicated to prestigious private residences and their spacious terraces offering river, mountain and skyline views.
Boldly swathed in black, the tower captures light differently on each floor. The effect is accentuated by each façade’s golden bas-relief that divides the main volume according to its interior functions. This golden rift changes the aspect of the building; it emerges through the volume, folds inwards and spreads vertically by creating a thin blade in the centre of the building.
“The main challenge of the project was to create a space that could properly host such an iconic brand and seamlessly embody its values and ambitions at all levels. The building offers a strong presence in its neighborhood with a volume that reflects the different scales of the surrounding buildings, complemented by a series of insertions, a sought-after materiality and refined details,” said Martin Leblanc, architect, partner at Sid Lee Architecture.
The exterior envelope is a glass curtain wall whose opaque elements have been reduced to a minimum. At nightfall, the dark colour of the glass lays a delicate veil over the interior spaces and creates a subdued appearance.
The glass walls’ fine and precise assembly gives rise to an ethereal and almost immaterial impression. The granite of the side facades reflects the rhythm of the glass panels while its varying textures come to life under the influence of ambient light.
Eric Pelletier, Architect, Partner – Design Principal, Lemay| Michel Aubé, Architect, Associate, Project Director, Lemay| Sébastien Voyer, Architect, Production Manager, Lemay| Manuel R. Cisneros, Design Architect, Sid Lee Architecture| Valentin Guirao, Design Architect, Lemay| Geneviève Guay, Architect, Design Technician and Site Supervisor, Lemay| Rémi Chabot, Technologist, BIM Coordinator, Lemay| Martin Leblanc, Architect, Partner, Sid Lee Architecture| André Cardinal, Architect, Partner, Lemay
Private residences designer: Philip Hazan Design inc.| Hotel Designer: Gilles & Boissier et Philip Hazan Design inc| Level 3 Restaurant-Bar Designer: Atelier Zébulon Perron
Structural Engineer: Elema| Mechanical Engineer: Bouthillette Parizeau