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« Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal – Pavillon 5
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Just as layers of history accumulate through time to offer varying perspectives on culture and environment, Saucier + Perrotte’s design for the Fifth Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is composed of a series of mineral strata that form a home for the Hornstein collection of art. Floating gently above street level, each marble stratum is superimposed to produce a sculpted volume containing the collection and defining a space dedicated to the next generation of Montreal art lovers.
Through the use of white marble with gray veins, the project’s tectonic and materiality harmonizes with the existing pavilions of the Museum. The very simple geometric composition of the new project elegantly punctuates the urban space of the museum campus, announcing its presence on Bishop Street, and offering cues for anticipated future phases of the Museum.
The use of marble captures the essence of the project — an architecture that metaphorically interprets the stone and its geological presence within the urban context. The well-known physical properties of marble — its opalescence, smooth and rough qualities — have been beautifully highlighted throughout history. The design of the new pavilion juxtaposes the stone’s qualities of reflectivity, polished smoothness, and translucency with that of glass, synthesizing the two into a marble-like object in the urban fabric that — one that is seemingly composed of a single material — of matter that is polished on each of its surfaces to reveal different. »
(Source: Maxime Leclerc, Saucier + Perrotte architectes)
(Images: © Saucier + Perrotte architectes)