Radical Reuse

These case studies illustrate how radical reuse addresses contemporary challenges such as environmental, urban, economic, and architectural issues.

Design firm Provencher_Roy specializes in reuse projects that reimagine cities from their core and repurpose existing structures for new, innovative uses. Through modifications, radical reuse revives structures that have outlasted their original purposes. This approach honors the architectural heritage of cities while enhancing their livability, enjoyment, and significance for future generations.

Radical reuse proposes thoughtful architectural interventions to adapt old buildings for new functions and strategies to ensure future adaptability for new constructions. Most importantly, it accomplishes this with minimally invasive, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable design decisions.

The following case studies illustrate how radical reuse addresses contemporary challenges, including environmental, urban, economic, and architectural issues.

Case Study: Tour de Montréal

Tour de Montréal (Photography by Stephane Brugger)

Initially conceived for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal, the Tour de Montréal remained unfinished and largely unused for years. Provencher_Roy was commissioned to renovate the tower in 2015, transforming it into modern offices for 1,500 employees.

The renovation involved stripping away 60 per cent of the facade, replacing it with a glass curtain wall, and reconfiguring the interior to create collaborative workspaces. The tower now serves as a vibrant office space while honoring its architectural heritage.

Tour de Montréal (Photography by Stephane Brugger)


Case Study: Grand Quai

Grand Quai (Image courtesy of Provencher_Roy)

Grand Quai reimagined a deteriorating industrial dock in Old Montréal as a public space connecting the city to the Saint Lawrence River. The redesigned terminal roof became an inviting esplanade with stunning views.

The once-imposing infrastructure now offers a welcoming urban gathering place with reclaimed wooden trusses, gardens, and a redesigned passenger terminal.

Grand Quai (Image courtesy of Provencher_Roy)

 

Case Study: Technopole Angus

Technopole Angus (Image courtesy of Provencher_Roy)

Transforming a 1904 abandoned train yard into a mixed-use eco-district, Technopole Angus prioritized sustainability and community. It created a dynamic neighborhood with shared streets, green spaces, and a site-wide energy transfer loop for sustainable heating.

The project exemplifies community-centric urban design and comprehensive environmental renewal efforts.

Technopole Angus (Image courtesy of Provencher_Roy)


Case Study: Centre De Commerce Mondial

Centre De Commerce Mondial (Image courtesy of Provencher_Roy)

Dating back to 1992, the Centre De Commerce Mondial transformed a historic city block in Old Montréal into a contemporary complex while preserving its heritage.

By combining historic buildings into a cohesive whole and implementing comprehensive retrofits, the complex now accommodates various functions, including offices, exhibitions, hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and recreational spaces, fostering regional, national, and international trade.

Centre De Commerce Mondial (Image courtesy of Provencher_Roy)

Provencher_Roy’s commitment to radical reuse represents a forward-thinking approach to address the challenges while preserving architectural heritage and promoting sustainability and adaptability in urban design.

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