Client: Administration portuaire de Montréal (AMP)
Address: 200 rue de la Commune Ouest, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 4B2
Surface Area: 38 000 m²
Electromechanical: Pageau Morel
Maritime Infrastructure: WSP Group
Structural Glass: Elema
Lighting: CS Design
Photo credits: James Brittain, Stephane Brügger, Olivier Blouin, Nanne Springer
In the heart of Montreal, Canada, the Port of Montréal Tower and Grand Quai, a collaborative project by Provencher_Roy and NIPPAYSAGE, stands tall as a symbol of revitalization. Let’s explore the stunning metamorphosis of this waterfront landscape.
The Tower’s Majestic Ascent
Soaring 65 meters high, the Port of Montréal Tower, crafted by Provencher_Roy, is a beacon of transformation, offering breathtaking views of the city and the majestic Saint-Lawrence River. Acting as a visual landmark, it welcomes visitors by boat and marks the entrance to the Port, becoming an iconic presence in Old Montréal’s pedestrian zones.
Connecting City and Waterfront
With daring cantilevers, the tower overlooks an elevated promenade, reconnecting the city to its waterfront. This elevated space serves as a meeting point, anchoring a redeveloped riverwalk and creating a unique urban gathering place at the tip of the quay, known as the Place des commencements.
A Panoramic Vista
The Tower’s cantilever design not only adds a distinctive silhouette but also opens up 360-degree views. From the top, landmarks like Habitat 67, Silo No.5, Basilique Notre-Dame, and Mount Royal unfold in all directions. An observation deck, 55 meters above the quay, offers visitors arriving by cruise ship an unforgettable introduction to Montréal.
Sculptural Elegance: The Helicoid Staircase
A sculptural helicoid staircase rises from the observation deck to a belvedere, providing a glass-chambered perch for visitors to step out over the water. Wrapped in gold-colored balustrades, the staircase pays homage to Montréal’s 19th-century exterior stairways, resembling crowns of wheat plants, the port’s historical export.
Industrial Heritage Reimagined
The Tower’s design reflects the site’s industrial past, once home to grain-storing hangars. The structure, with visible steel and concrete elements, pays homage to the monumental industrial forms that shaped the port’s history.