Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium Proposal / Paul Laurendeau

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Architect Paul Laurendeau shared with us his competition proposal for the Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium in Montréal, Québec, . Playing on the contrast between black exterior and wood interior, the stadium’s simple form makes it stand out from its context. More images and brief project description after the break.

Courtesy of Paul Laurendeau

As bold silver letters with a soccer ball printed on the main facade announce the building’s function, a black canopy signals the building’s entrance along Papineau Avenue for cars, cyclists and pedestrians. A 10 meter wide boardwalk along the front facade creates a link between the sidewalk and main entrance and the double height square entrance hall distributes the public along interior circulations axes and creates a link with the bleachers above.

site plan

As the symmetrical plan organizes all functions and helps the building assert its public role, the fully glazed back facade offers an unobstructed view on the landscape of the former quarry. The wood structure brings warmth to this otherwise non combustible construction with peripheral glazing at ground level to create a link with adjoining landscape.

plan 01

LEED considerations

— A green roof
— Front canopy that shades the facade against sun and prevents overheating
— Black perforated lateral facades that can pre-heat air for mechanical systems
— 100 bicycle racks that favor active modes of transport
— A semi-permeable parking surface that allows rain water to drain naturally into the ground
— Rows of trees integrated in the parking design to prevent over heating

Architect: Paul Laurendeau
Location: Papineau Avenue, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Gross Floor Area: 12 700 m² / 136 700 sq. ft.
Budget: 24,2 M$ CA
Image credit: Luxigon
Photo credit: Marc Gibert







Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium Proposal / Paul Laurendeau" 18 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Martin Lucas

    A very elegant stadium, which avoids the trap of bent wood and spectacular blobby shapes.
    Sometimes it is rather difficult to bring people to simplicity.