Stewart Museum / Les Architectes FABG

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Architects: Les Architectes FABG  - Éric Gauthier, André Lavoie
Location: Montreal, 
Project team: Marc-Antoine Fredette, Dominique Potvin, FrançoisVerville
Year: 2011
Ara: 32,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Les Architectes FABG


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Montreal, January 27, 2012 – L’Arsenal du Fort de l’Île Sainte-Hélène, a former warehouse for ammunition and guns, was built between 1820 and 1824 and was converted into a military museum in 1956. The Stewart Museum has a large collection of over 30,000 objects and artifacts of Nouvelle France and the European influence in NorthAmerica. For this project, we revised the master plan of the site development and we did feasibility study which included a functional and technical program.

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The museum’s transformation program was developed to meet the following requirements:

- Grouping functions which were similar;
- Facilitate the circulation and improve the visitor’s experience;
- Improve climatic comfort;
- Improve the safety of people and goods: alarm system, sprinkler, emergency exit;
- Improve accessibility for disabled people;
- Improving the mechanical and electrical systems: efficiency,conformity and security.

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The project involves the installation of an elevator in the courtyard and an architectural staircase to improve universal accessibility and the circulation through the museum ‘s the three levels. The elevator is covered with mirrors to create the effect of a kaleidoscope which binds the new construction to it’s historical context.

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  • Patrick Morand

    Another great project delivered by FABG, but Montréal is in Québec, Canada, not in France!

  • Mitch

    Montreal, France?

  • tyler wied

    Montreal, France?! Really!? Either you have an intern, or no-one has a map.

  • Y Beaumont

    Hi, can you please correct the tag Montrea for Montreal. And it’s not in France. It’s in Canada.


  • brb001

    ArchDaily features nice projects. But is obviously run by morons.

    • Patrick Morand

      @brb001: Do not be so hard on them, they do a good job and are not necessarily paid (well I think).

  • sdw

    The dia-grid is obviously not a structure here, just cladding pattern….. why facetting it? looks cheap.