ArchDaily: Design Revitalization and Expansion Project for McGill University

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December 14, 2023

Diamond Schmitt/LemayMichaud Architectes’s design of The New Vic at McGill University is featured in an article by Nour Fakharany for ArchDaily.

Based at Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital Site the plans for the significant revitalization and expansion project for McGill University aims to create a sustainability research and innovation center. 

The New Vic project aims to transform a portion of the former hospital scheme into a hub for interdisciplinary research and teaching. With a specific focus on sustainability and environmental challenges, the project hopes to pioneer innovation for social benefit. Prioritizing sustainability and preservation, the scheme involves a curated blend of restoration and new design of contemporary, accessible spaces.

Furthermore, the project team is working with Indigenous partners to guarantee a respectful relationship with the traditional lands and incorporate spaces for learning and reconciliation.

Designed to approach LEED Gold and WELL Gold environmental standards, the scheme respects the original architecture of the building, which dates back to 1893. Featuring Scottish baronial-style pavilions against the backdrop of the park, the revitalization of the heritage structures mixes restoration and adaptive reuse.

Read the full article here.