HEC Montréal wants this new building in the downtown business district to reflect the principles that have allowed it to earn a place as one of the world’s leading business schools.
Video presenting the architectural concept of HEC Montréal's new building
This commitment is visible in three key respects: modernity, functionality and sustainability:
A contemporary architectural concept
The new HEC Montréal building designed by Provencher Roy Associés Architectes inc. is intended to fit seamlessly into its built and natural environment.
Three overarching themes guided the development of the project:
Dynamic – a contemporary look in terms of its siting, volumes and materials.
Light – a building that blends into the urban fabric through the contrast between the lightness of the new structure and the mass of its older neighbours.
Respectful – Taking account of the heritage areas to be protected and creating a dialogue with the surrounding, through the way its façades and angles offer sightlines from rue De La Gauchetière and côte du Beaver Hall to showcase the adjacent Basilica.
The site of the new building presents two faces, with côte du Beaver Hall and its laneway, and the Basilica and its green space.
The parts of the building along côte du Beaver Hall and its laneway fit with the existing streetscape and turn toward the urban face of the city, proclaiming their presence through the use of cladding borrowed from the vocabulary of neighbouring structures.
The portion of the building next to the Basilica has a more organic feel, thanks to its fluidity and its façades opposite the church, presenting it with a light, reflective face consisting of glass in various shades of white. At ground level, the building opens up to its environment through slender glass bays offering multiple perspectives, leading to terraces that enliven the site.
Overview of the block where the new building will be located
A model of financial management
The School also hopes that the project will serve as a model of rigorous, intelligent and innovative financial management, consistent with the practices it espouses in its teaching and its own governance.
A model of integrated design
HEC Montréal wants to adopt an integrated design process (IDP), allowing it to:
Multidisciplinary workshops will be held, as a way of drawing on the creativity of all the professionals at HEC Montréal, so as to solve problems and quickly reach a consensus regarding project issues.
|Architects||Provencher Roy Associés Architectes Inc.|
|Structural/civil engineering||SDK / MHA consortium|
|Mechanical/electrical engineering||Pageau Morel / Bouthillette Parizeau consortium|
|Project managers||WSP Canada inc.|
|Modelling of the physical and functional
characteristics of the building (BIM)
|Groupe Schéma inc.|
|Functional, technical and operational program (FTOP)||CIM – Conseil / DMA Architectes|
|Soil studies||Groupe Qualitas|
HEC Montréal wishes to invite its future neighbours and the surrounding community to a meeting on Monday, October 22, for an update of the most recent developments in the construction of its new building, which is set to open in fall 2021 next door to St. Patrick's Basilica, in the heart of the city’s business district.
The architectural concept, the archaeological inventory conducted in summer 2018, means of commemorating the site’s heritage, and its landscaping will be discussed.
Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m.
Room 17.304, 17th floor
500 René-Lévesque Ouest
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
If you would like to attend, please confirm by October 18 by email or telephone (514 340-6644).