Proclaimed Award of the Year by the jury and the recipient of numerous awards this year, the impressive achievement of the CHUM is a remarkable victory both in its evolutionary and multifunctional mission and thanks to its iconic cultural qualities. A massive project that has met great challenges in a hostile and deconstructed environment, to reach solutions on a human scale.
The immediate and beneficial sensation of commonplace by the fluidity of space is the proof. Its axiality and interconnections induce a visual continuity. Much more than a social requirement, it’s a human invitation that democratizes spaces, where ramps for mobility-impaired people are placed in the same places as stairs for all types of users. A unifier through equality, making a beautiful place for art, the building inaugurates a cultural introduction for all. By using glass as the noblest material, the architecture is flooded with natural light for the well-being of both patients and employees.
The reinterpretation of the heritage component of the site, the judicious choice of materials, the perforated steel external walkway that lights up at night and the aesthetic sense, even in the integration of high-tech elements build this goldsmith’s work at the service of mankind. Innovative and symbolic for the future of hospitals and health in Québec, a reference project in design that adds to the pride of the UNESCO City of Design that is Montréal.
“The outline of the facade with its syncopated rhythms and blue tones makes it possible to conceal the service functions and to unify the living spaces and supports into an architectural envelope of great coherence and carefully woven.”
– Jacques Plante et Gary Conrath