La Maison Symphonique de Montréal

“What a wonderful new hall for Montreal! Perfect acoustics as one would expect: detailed, rich, warm & transparent.”

Alexander Neef – General Director, Canadian Opera Company

La Maison Symphonique is situated on the north-east corner of Montreal’s Place des Arts, it terminates De Maisonneuve Blvd. and faces a new park, providing a striking backdrop for one of the Quartier des Spectacle’s outdoor festival venues. Inside, sophisticated variable acoustics and theatre systems allow sound to be tailored to accommodate a wide range of music types.

The architects’ challenge was to create a hall worthy of one of the world’s premier orchestras and a beautiful building in a city with an exceptional arts scene. Our response: it must be warm and inviting, and it must sound great.

Clear sightlines, audience comfort and superb acoustics define the concert-going experience. A monochromatic palette of colours creates a calm, cohesive and elegant environment to draw the audience’s attention to natural, unamplified performances. The auditorium is clad in Quebec beech wood, providing sound reflection, diffusion and a human scale. White plaster incising adds detail and acoustic richness. While the auditorium owes its tall, narrow proportion to the success of the traditional “shoebox” design, it is shaped with optimized curved walls and balconies that direct and spread sound to create intimacy and involvement between the artist and the audience.

The building’s exterior wrapper is glass, stone and wood, used in balance to provide sound isolation to the concert hall and to give views to and from the plaza and new park. Tall sculpted wood forms are visible from the exterior and rise through the building to emerge as key architectural features on the roof that read as a series of waves. These shapes truly define the building.

The new hall provides a home and a strong sense of identity for the celebrated Montreal Symphony Orchestra in its first purpose-built concert hall.

Client Québec Government
Completion 09/09/2011
Sustainability LEED Certified NC

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2013 – Quebec WoodWorks!, Cecobois – Mention
2012 – Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards – Award of Excellence, Buildings
2011 CCPPP – Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships, Gold Award
2011 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Quebec Chapter – Award of Excellence, Institutional Category
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