Emblem of the public aspiring to universality Montreal, Place des Arts has been shaped by ideological and cultural contexts of the last forty years. The story helps to understand what has been built in response to the wishes expressed in the fifties to seventies. Democratization of cultural democracy, diversity of supply and freedom of choice are now the conditions of continuity of the Place des Arts: Accessibility is the key word, the lines of communication are the ambassadors.
Functional in 1972, the entrance and lobby of the cultural complex formerly gave access to many rooms and the complex underground network. Certainly, they welcomed users, but without actually putting in value the cultural or entertainment facilities, ticketing, shops, restaurants and the pedestrian network. They represented above all a place of passage for thirty-five thousand workers daily and eight million walkers, customers and spectators annually. Like the redevelopment of the plaza to make it a friendly place, the Society of Place des Arts commissioned firms Menkes Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architects and Provencher Roy + Associés to redefine the marquise, the main entrance and spaces communications to create a cultural space showcasing the work of the Place des Arts. In the renovation of existing space was added the development of an exhibition area, spaces and animation services, a canopy, access to the esplanade and Adresse symphonique, an area multimedia Plan outdoor light confirming the role of the complex in the Quartier des spectacles.
The structure of the Cultural Centre Georges-Émile Lapalme is based on a plan that unifies deployed programmatic elements by integrating identity, multimedia and signaling. It took organize information for ease of reading and stake the new route for the benefit of users. The development of the network traffic and areas adjacent to the plaza, at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, theaters Maisonneuve, Jean-Duceppe and the Studio Theatre at the Fifth Room and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal diffuse the cultural and guides and delights the visitor. In addition to rethink each input, the program has provided moving and ticket information booth, creating a new space built for public events and a wine bar and exhibition space . News, contrast and light create a sensitive area and memorable. This action opens on Sainte-Catherine Street with a new symbolic marquise whose shape recalls a megaphone. In everyone, architecture reinvents the living environment of the largest cultural complex.
Inspired by graphics and architecture of the Place des Arts, this concept gives rise to a coherent and consistent with the identity of the place. Dotted lines mark transitions, floors, walls and ceilings – with a lighting system and audiovisual – create passages sensory and enveloping. Spaces equipped for entertainment and shows, openings and external linking life underground, skylights and development works The artist is the one who see the other side of things (Claude Bettinger, 1993) As if time street … (Pierre Granche, 1991) work together for the realization of the cultural Centre Georges-Émile Lapalme for all.
The Cultural Space echoing the intrinsic characteristics and design principles of the complex – the importance given to the community, the extent of cultural offerings, place to live underground and outside – reaffirms the unique identity of the Montreal Place des Arts. Thus, it is its ability to renew itself as it assumes and retains its status as the largest cultural center of Montreal.