Photographer Chris Forsyth on the Montreal Metro, Going Underground, and Overlooked Architecture

Jean-Drapeau Station. Image © Chris Forsyth

Montreal-based photographer Chris Forsyth doesn’t see his city the way others do — that much is evident from his body of work, which includes rooftop photos of the skyline, nocturnal shots taken from the arm of a crane and now, images from the underground. The Montreal Metro Project is Forsyth’s latest series, documenting the often overlooked architecture of the urban subway since October 2014.

Composed of 68 stations, each designed by a different architect between the 60s and 70s, the Montreal Metro system is as diverse and idiosyncratic as the city it underpins. Forsyth captures the stations empty of passengers, highlighting their architecture and reframing them in a manner rarely experienced.  ArchDaily spoke to Forsyth about the series and the creative process behind it. Read his responses and view selected images from The Montreal Metro project after the break.

Upcoming Montreal Lecture: Brendan MacFarlane

The Orange Cube / . Image © Roland Halbe

This year’s second installment of Index Design’s Master Classe series will feature architect Brendan MacFarlane on March 24, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00PM in Montreal. MacFarlane, co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed design firm Jakob + MacFarlane, will discuss his iconic and award-winning work, and his pursuit of creating architecture that “leaves nobody indifferent.” To purchase tickets and for more information, visit masterclasses.index-design.ca.

Offices Broccolini Construction / Rubin et Rotman architectes

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Architects: Rubin et Rotman architectes
Location: Montreal, QC,
Architect In Charge: Rick Rubin
Project Architect: Bruno Morin
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Brügger

Provencher_Roy Wins RAIC’s 2015 Architectural Firm Award

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavillon of Quebec and Canadian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts – 2011; , . ImageMarc Cramer

Montreal-based practice Provencher_Roy has been selected to receive the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2015 Architectural Firm Award. Chosen for their consistent, high quality work that spans 32 years, the 150-person firm was also praised by the jury for their dedication to mentorship.

“Provencher_Roy was chosen for the breadth and consistently high quality of work over many years,” said the five-member jury. “They have worked with a broad range of clients and project types. The firm is recognized for its collaborative work and the excellence of its working and peer-learning environment.”

Holy Cross House / Thomas Balaban Architect

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Architects: Thomas Balaban Architect
Location: , QC, Canada
Design Team: Thomas Balaban + Jennifer Thorogood
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC,
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Maison De Gaspé / la SHED architecture

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Architects: la SHED architecture
Location: Montreal, QC,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Maxime Brouillet

Patisserie À La Folie / Atelier Moderno + Anne Sophie Goneau

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Architects: Atelier Moderno, Anne Sophie Goneau
Location: 1126 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, QC H2J 1X9,
Area: 650.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

ATRIUM – Groupe Dynamite / Ædifica

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Architects: Ædifica
Location: , QC,
Area: 9800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: François Descôteaux

Prince Philip Residence / Thellend Fortin Architectes

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Architects: Thellend Fortin Architectes
Location: , QC, Canada
Year: 2014
Photographs: Charles Lanteigne photo

The Bibliothèque du Boisé / Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes

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Architects: Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes
Location: , QC,
Presented by: Lemay
Area: 5000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yien Chao

SSENSE / Humà Design

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Architects: Humà Design
Location: , QC, Canada
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Competition Entry: Saucier + Perrotte Designs Glass Pavilion for Montreal Botanical Garden

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Conceived as a natural extension of the existing pathways at ’s Botanical Garden, Saucier + Perrotte architectes’ proposal for the “Espace Pour la Vie Glass Pavilion” competition was envisioned as an immersive glass shelter “eroded” within a lush landscape. The architects, who were also responsible for designing the garden’s 2001 First Nation Garden Pavilion, were among the competition finalists. You can learn more about their proposal, after the break. 

Le 205 / Atelier Moderno

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Architects: Atelier Moderno
Location: , QC,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

“Insectarium Metamorphosis” Takes First Place in Montréal’s Space for Life Competition

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Kuehn MalvezziPelletier De FontenayJodoin Lamarre PratteDupras Ledoux, and Nicholet Chartrand Knoll (NCK) have won one of three first place positions in Montréal’s Space for Life International Architectural Competition, which seeks to reinvent mankind’s relationship with the natural world for the city’s 375th birthday, with their proposal for the redesign of the Montréal Insectarium. Titled Insectarium Metamorphosis, the project provides new spaces for visitors to get up close and personal with the multitude of insects housed in the museum.

Lacaton & Vassal’s Glass Pavilion Earns Top Spot in Montréal’s Space for Life Competition

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The Space for Life International Architectural Competition of Montréal has recently announced its three winners. The competition prompted designers to rekindle an interest in the natural world through an architectural intervention at a pre-appointed venue. Located in the city’s Botanical Gardens, this winning proposal by Lacaton & VassalFrédéric DruotFABG, and SNC Lavalin does so in a simple, elegant way, with a glass pavilion for the Gardens that serves a variety of purposes. Learn more, after the break.

AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal’s Biodome in Winning Competition Design

Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL

Montréal’s Space for Life competition has recently announced its winners, with design firms AZPML and KANVA named as one of three first winners with their joint design. The competition demanded that entrants reinvigorate the relationship between humanity and the natural world through an intervention at Montréal’s Biodome. The two firms’ winning proposal, Migration du Biodome, does that with the installation of a series of undulating walls.

AD Classics: Montreal Biosphere / Buckminster Fuller

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Architects have never enjoyed a position of such supreme prominence as they did in the worldview of Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. To him, architects alone were capable of understanding and navigating the complex interrelationships of society, technology, and environment as viewed through the comprehensive paradigm of systems theory. Architecture, in this model, was intended to exist in close contact with both mankind and nature, playing civilization’s most critical role in elevating the state of humanity and promoting its responsible stewardship of the environment. Emerging from the ethical positivity of postwar modernism, this melioristic perspective marks perhaps the zenith of optimism’s ascent in mid-twentieth century thought, and gave Fuller a uniquely moral blueprint for his revolutionary designs.