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Palimpsest of complexity. Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal – CHUM by CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s

The new Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), a hospital complex designed by CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s is the result of a public-private partnership and is the largest in North America as well as being the first in terms of top quality research. After completion of the first phase the building, which occupies two entire blocks in downtown Montreal and incorporates three older hospitals, takes the form of functional blocks that are designed to reconnect both the urban and social fabric.
The architectural volumes have been laid out in an unaffected style in order to revitalize a neighbourhood that is in a state of semi-abandonment, cut off from the rest of the city by the construction of the Ville- Marie motorway and bounded by the presence of the river. The complex works on the urban scale by reconnecting sectors of the city thanks in part to the placing underground of two sections of the road while it interacts with the neighbourhood context by appearing as a cornerstone integrated into everyday life.

At the same time it is effective on the human scale thanks to the interface dedicated to the reception at ground level and to the presence of public works of art integrated into the complex and necessary to the life of the building and the street it gives on to.
The artistic experience which consists of reconstructions, sculptures and unexpected perspectives is also enriched by architectural elements transformed into scenographic devices while the use of materials featuring reflections, lighting effects and highlights transforms the composed and ordered language of the façade into a contemporary palimpsest of complexity.

PROJECT Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal – CHUM
ARCHITECT CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s
LOCATION Montréal, Canada
YEAR 2016
PHOTO Adrien Williams
AUTHOR: Anja VISINI

BIOGRAPHY CANNONDESIGN
CANNONDESIGN IS AN INTEGRATED DESIGN FIRM THAT UNITES A DYNAMIC TEAM OF ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, STRATEGISTS, FUTURISTS, RESEARCHERS AND INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS DRIVEN BY A SINGULAR GOAL – TO HELP SOLVE CLIENTS’ AND SOCIETY’S GREATEST CHALLENGES.

MAIN PROJECTS
Mount Sinai Medical Center, New Surgical Tower and Emergency Department, Miami, Usa, 2018
UC San Diego Health, Jacobs Medical Center, San Diego, Usa, 2016
CJ Corporation, CJ Blossom Park, Suwon, South Korea, 2016
Maryland Heights Community Recreation Center, 2017
University of Utah, Lassonde Studios, Salt Lake City, Usa, 2016

BIOGRAPHY NEUF ARCHITECT(E)S
NEUF ARCHITECT(E)S IS A TEAM OF CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS THAT HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTING TO MONTREAL’S URBAN LANDSCAPE SINCE 1971. WITH OFFICES IN MONTREAL AND OTTAWA, NEUF ARCHITECT(E)S IS SPECIALIZED IN FASTTRACK DESIGN PROJECTS.

MAIN PROJECTS
Schlüter Systems Headquarters, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada, 2016
AIMIA Tower, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2014
CBC Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2004
101 Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2020
Morgan Stanley Campus, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2014