Exploring Montreal: Quartier des Spectacles & Place Des Arts at the Blue Hour
Finally, winter is gone! Time to rejoice and go out and shoot and enjoy the nice weather shooting some architecture. Our stop for today is Place des Arts.
Located in Downtown Montreal and inaugurated in 1963, Place des Arts is the central hub of the cultural life in Montreal and is home to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Opéra de Montréal. It’s also the heart of several musical festivals and events such as the International Jazz Fest, Montreal En Lumières and Francofolies.
During the summer, it’s also a meeting place for a lot of Montrealers who like to enjoy the sunny days laying down on the stairs or simply grab a bite and relax on the outdoor esplanade.
Since the inauguration in 1963, Place des Arts has changed a lot thanks to the works of several architecture and urban planning firms:
- Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Michaud and Sise for La Grande Salle, today called Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, inaugurated in 1963.
- David, Barott, Boulva for the Theatre building housing Théâtre Maisonneuve and Théâtre Port-Royal, inaugurated in 1966.
- David, Boulva and Cleve for the Théâtre du Café de la Place and the design of the underground corridor leading to Complexe Desjardins, in 1975.
- Jodoin Lamarre Pratte and Associates for the Musée d’art contemporain, inaugurated in 1992.
- Dimakopoulos and Associates for the outdoor Esplanade, inaugurated in 1993.
- Bess Pappas for the renovation of the corridor leading to the Metro and the design of the Hall des Pas perdus, carried out in 1995.
- Consortium Menkès, Schooner, Dagenais, Le Tourneux / Provencher, Roy Jean-Pierre Le Tourneux for the Grand Foyer culturel, carried out in 2009-2010.
Now, enjoy the visit!
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