IBI Group in Montreal wins three awards of excellence
DateJuly 10, 2013
MONTREAL – Montreal IBI-CHBA Group was presented an Award for Planning Excellence by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), in the category of Urban Design, for the renewal of Place d’Armes and its surrounding streets, a significant patrimonial landscape in the heart of Old Montreal, Quebec.
Earlier this year, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) also recognized the high design quality of this project. The CSLA rewarded the Place d’Armes renewal project with a National Honour Award; the Square Dorchester rehabilitation project, in downtown Montreal, received a Regional Merit Award.
These two projects stand out for their exceptional historical significance. Place d’Armes is considered one of the main gates to the old city for visitors and tourists. Its importance and attractiveness lies in the role it has always played as a theater of civic life in Montreal. The new Place d’Armes is now larger, more open and accessible, redesigned as a streetscape that integrates an urban square with surrounding streets, extending the pedestrian domain to the building facades and commemorating the foundation of Montreal.
Square Dorchester, originally called Dominion Square in honour of the 1867 Canadian Confederation was completely revamped to recreate the original gardens, inspired by the Victorian era, in the context of an urban setting. “In both cases, we wanted a contemporary approach guided by the understanding of the history of the site” said Isabelle Giasson, Project Director, and head of the IBI-CHBA Group’s landscape department.
Place d’Armes was realized in concert with Ville de Montreal, while Square Dorchester was a joint venture with Claude Cormier + associates. These three awards resonate with Montreal’s distinctive image and its dedication to reinvent the landscape form.
Contact: Isabelle Giasson