Reminder - Montréal Space for Life Architecture Competition - Finalists' Public Presentations - July 9, 10 and 11, at the Botanical Garden

MONTREAL, July 9, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal Space for Life invites members of the general public and media representatives to attend the finalists' presentations in the international architecture competition, on July 9, 10 and 11, 2014. The 7 finalist teams, selected in April by a highly qualified jury, will defend their designs for the Insectarium Metamorphosis, the Biodôme Renewal and the Glass Pavilion at the Botanical Garden. Inspired by the Space for Life mission and its desire to combine science, art and emotion, the three projects will stand as legacies of Montréal's 375th anniversary.

Space for Life Executive Director Charles-Mathieu Brunelle says that "with the completion of these three major architecture projects on the Space for Life site by 2017, we will have made good on our commitment to Montrealers: a space for life resolutely turned toward the 21st century; a space for life where Montrealers are invited to help reinvent our ways of moving around, inhabiting our cities, coming together and getting closer to nature."

An international competition
Committed to a creative and participatory movement aimed at reinventing our relationship with nature, Space for Life intends to create living spaces that are permeable, ecological and evolving, while meeting the highest green building standards. LEED Platinum certification will be sought, depending on the project, and Living Building Challenge certification will serve as a source of inspiration. The three projects will be unique in terms of their architecture and design and the distinctive visitor experience offered by each institution, but they will all incorporate a creative approach based on the unique Space for Life mission and vision.

The competition, intended for multidisciplinary teams of architects, Living Building Challenge and LEED certification experts, scenic designers, landscape architects and engineers, attracted 30 proposals from nine different countries, mainly Canada (Quebec) and France, when it was launched last winter. Seven finalist teams were chosen and will make their presentations over the next few days.

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

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
  • In situ atelier d'architecture
  • Équipe Kuehn Dalvezzi
  • Lacaton & Vassal, architectes

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

  • Atelier Ville Architecture Paysage + MARC MIMRAM
  • Cloud 9 -Colleclerc - NFOE

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

  • In situ atelier d'architecture
  • Équipe Kuehn Malvezzi
  • Lacaton & Vassal, architectes
  • Saucier + Perrotte architectes

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 five 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, 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 Montréal 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. Such competitions are among 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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Karine Jalbert, Communications Co-ordinator
Montréal Space for Life
514 872-1453 

Stéphanie Jecrois, Design Commissioner
Bureau du design
514 872-5388

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