MONTREAL, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Manon Gauthier, Ville de Montréal
Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design,
Space for Life and the Status of Women, and Chantal Rouleau, Executive
Committee Member responsible for Water and Water Infrastructure and
Mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough, today
announced that the project submitted by the firms Ruccolo + Faubert
Architectes & Ni conception architecture de paysage has won the design
competition for the Plage de l'Est.
"The Plage de l'Est beach will be a new, shared natural treasure worthy
of our status as a UNESCO City of Design," Ms. Gauthier said, adding:
"This project is exemplary in that it opens up many more urban planning
perspectives and applications for our city, inspired by the recognition
and responsibilities that come with that designation."
Mayor Rouleau spoke about the extent to which citizens can be proud of
the project: "The original idea for this project came about thanks to a
grassroots initiative that took shape via the Croissant de l'est's
'Quartier 21' project, which we've been advocating for politically
since 2010. Despite all the time that has passed, our citizens' vision
has remained a core concern, and the winning project is further
evidence of that. This one-of-a-kind project is going to become the
pride of eastern Montréal! I congratulate the winning firms for their
inspiring concept," she concluded.
The winning proposal
The jury, which included experts as well as citizen representatives,
chose a concept that combines universal accessibility, sustainable
development, and well-being, all while providing a special connection
between visitors and the St. Lawrence River.
The key element of the concept is a boardwalk integrated into the
landscape that begins right at the entrance to the beach site and
connects various levels with distinct uses: games, universal traffic,
the beach and water-based recreation. The boardwalk, with the roof of a
service building integrated into its centre, hugs the contours of the
site and culminates in an observation point with an unparalleled view
of the river.
In both summer and winter, the building at the centre of the boardwalk
will be a venue par excellence for meetings, leisure and services. The concept calls for a water play
area adjacent to the building. This sizable surface with an area of
more than 200 m2 will feature a permanent stream of water flowing onto sculpted stones,
and will become a skating rink in the winter months. Farther back on
the site are a pair of courts designed for beach volleyball or
badminton, and which will be adaptable to new needs that may emerge in
years to come.
To maximize the park's connection with its natural surroundings,
planting of shrubs and other greenery is encouraged. The concept also
calls for raw, natural and environmentally responsible materials such
as wood, stone and concrete.
The borough will now proceed with the plans for the work, to conducted
in phases. The budget for the project includes some $3 million for the
work, which will begin in 2014 and be completed sometime in 2016. The
Plage de l'Est is one of the first actions stemming from the Plan bleu vert adopted by Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough council in
The design competition
The Plage de l'Est design competition, launched in September 2013 in
collaboration with the Ville de Montréal's Bureau du design, aimed at
development of an innovative design concept for repurposing of a vacant
site on the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River, along 94e Avenue in
The competition has received financial support of $100,000 along with
assistance from the Bureau du design, facilitated by the Secrétariat à
la région métropolitaine as part of implementation of the Entente Montréal 2025.
The aim of the initiative is to promote excellence in design and
architecture and contribute to asserting Montréal's status as a UNESCO
City of Design. For more information about the competition and to view
the competition finalists' concepts, visit mtlunescodesign.com.
To watch video of the public presentations by the finalists on December
10, 2013, go to youtube.com/designmtl.
SOURCE: Ville de Montréal
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