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Quartier des spectacles | Entertainment District°
location: Montreal, Canada
client: Quartier des spectacles Partnership, SHDM & City of Montreal
°Designed/directed by MLauzon Senior Partner NOMADE

The Challenge

Materialize into a masterplan the vision of the 21 founding partners of the then-nascent business district association in order to revitalize the 83-hectare Eastern downtown core, provide space for its exterior events such as the International Jazz Festival, increase attendance to the sector’s 23 live performance venues and consolidate the grass-roots cultural ecosystem of the neighborhood.




Selected Press Release

The Response

An exercise in collective decision-making and open-source design, this first masterplan is an example of additive thinking and interests management, managing to bring elegance and simplicity to a complex ecosystem, while coalescing the ideas of multiple stakeholders into a bold, colorful and inspiring vision masterplan that addresses real estate, economic development, design, investment, events, uses, lighting, branding, heritage, and signage - effectively launching this major Montreal project into the international cultural spotlight.

Concept Sketch
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Nightview of Entertainment District
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Initial concept sketch of urban ensemble
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Nightview of pedestrianized Ste-Catherine Str
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Rendering of new emblematic pavilion on corner of Ste-Catherine & St-Laurent
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Dayview of new building complex along Balmoral, from Ste-Catherine
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New cultural buildings ensemble alignement along Balmoral, towards West
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Nighttime aerial view towards South
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Nighttime Aerial view towards North
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