Montréal Space for Life Architecture Competition - Invitation to the Public Presentations

MONTREAL, June 11, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal Space for Life invites members of the general public to register to attend the finalists' presentations in the international architecture competition, on July 9, 10 and 11, 2014, at the Montréal Botanical Garden. During these three evenings, Montrealers will have the rare privilege of watching the finalist multidisciplinary teams defending their designs for the three large Space for Life projects, the Insectarium Metamorphosis, the renewal of the Biodôme and the Glass Pavilion at the Botanical Garden.

Committed to a creative and participatory movement aimed at reinventing our relationship with nature, Montréal Space for Life intends to create living spaces that are vibrant, evolving, permeable and ecological, while meeting the highest green building standards for these three projects, which will stand as legacies of Montréal's 375th anniversary.

A major international competition
The competition, open to multidisciplinary teams of green architects, Living Building Challenge and LEED certification experts, scenic designers, landscape architects and engineers, was launched this past winter and attracted 30 proposals from nine different countries, mainly Canada (Quebec) and France. Eight finalist teams were selected. Inspired by the Space for Life mission, the competition will select the three best possible projects for the future development of the major Space for Life facilities.

A rare and exceptional opportunity
The finalists' public presentations to the jury offer an exceptional opportunity to see part of the process that normally occurs behind closed doors. Anyone who wishes to attend the presentations must register on-line href="">(

Each team will have one hour, i.e. 30 minutes to present its project and 30 minutes to answer the jury's questions. All the presentations will take place at the Montréal Botanical Garden.

Presentation schedule and competition finalists:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 5 to 10 p.m.
Project: Insectarium Metamorphosis
Presenting teams:

  • Atelier Ville Architecture Paysage + MARC MIMRAM (Quebec + France)
  • In situ atelier d'architecture (Quebec)
  • Équipe Kuehn Dalvezzi (Germany + Quebec)
  • Lacaton & Vassal, architectes (France)

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 5 to 10 p.m.
Project: Biodôme Renewal
Presenting teams:

  • Atelier Ville Architecture Paysage + MARC MIMRAM  (Quebec + France)
  • AZPML + KANVA (United States)
  • BNIM / L'ŒUF / ARCOP (Quebec)
  • Cloud 9 -Colleclerc - NFOE (Spain + Quebec)

Friday, July 11, 2014, 5 to 10 p.m.
Project: Glass Pavilion at the Botanical Garden
Presenting teams:

  • In situ atelier d'architecture (Quebec)
  • Équipe Kuehn Malvezzi (Germany + Quebec)
  • Lacaton & Vassal, architectes (France)
  • Saucier + Perrotte architectes (Quebec)

Once the presentations are over, the jury will deliberate in private. Its decisions, which will be final, will be submitted to the Montréal Executive Committee, which will make the official announcement in late summer. The international jury includes leading figures from the world of architecture and design, along with an expert in biophilic design and sustainable development:

  • William G. Reed, sustainable development consultant and architect, Integrative Design Collaborative and Regenesis (United States)
  • Jean Beaudoin, architect, Intégral Jean Beaudoin (Quebec)
  • Édouard François, architect, Maison Édouard François (France)
  • Mario Cucinella, architect, Mario Cucinella Architects SRL (Italy)
  • Normand Hudon, architect, Coarchitecture (Quebec)
  • Stephen R. Kellert, Professor Emeritus, biophilic design expert, Yale University (United States)

In addition to these members from outside the Space for Life, the jury includes Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of Space for Life; Anne Charpentier, Director of the Insectarium; Rachel Léger, Director of the Biodôme; and René Pronovost, Acting Director of the Botanical Garden.

About Space for Life
Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

About the Bureau du design
The city's Bureau du design is working with Space for Life to prepare and run the competition.

It is one of the many commitments made by the city and the partners in the 2007-2017 Action Plan - Montréal, Cultural Metropolis, which aims to promote excellence in design and architecture while helping to affirm Montreal's status as a UNESCO City of Design. Montréal is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, consisting of 41 cities in 23 countries. The network helps creators in member cities share their experiences, while promoting the international exchange of best practices and knowledge.

SOURCE: Espace pour la vie

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Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
Montréal Space for Life
514 868-3053
Stéphanie Jecrois, Design Commissioner
Bureau du design
514 872-5388

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