Canadian architects Saucier + Perrotte shared with us their finalist proposal for the Planetarium de Monteral competition, a black mantle connecting the different programatic pieces.
Architect’s description, credits and more images after the break:
Suspended between two worlds: on a large scale, that of the space and stars; and closer to Earth, that of man and matter, rises the future Planetarium. It transports us elsewhere and invites to discover a snapshot of Evolution, an allegory of the matter in shaping, of a state in evolution, from rough to precious. In a time rooted neither in the present nor the future, the matter in transformation, perforated and distorted is the symbol of this perpetual mutation.
Inspired by this matter, the entire project presents to its visitors the different states of the matter, and the transformations of the planets thereby take place in the heart of the tour. This matter allows the visitors to live an immersive, sensitive and emotional experience and, at the same time, to understand astronomical phenomena.
A sun if the earth of this galaxy: the Theatre no.1. The light which shines from it creates a signal from the Pierre De Coubertin Avenue, and in the heart of the project it leads the planning of the project. The public spaces of the Hall put the visitor in the heart of this system, immerse him in a world of discovery, contemplation and knowledge.
The matter, disconnected from the ground, creates the interior spaces and conceals all the technical and structural elements inside its thickness. It contains the Planetarium scenography system. Inside its upheaval, the matter reveals the main museological elements. The two theaters appear encrusted in the matter. Others small spherical elements are used to describe the spaces, give directions and gather people.
Designed in accordance with principles of sustainability, established in the heart of the touristic and scientific de Maisonneuve area, the Planetarium positions itself as a singular and particular architectural element. Conscious of the important part it has to play, it demonstrates respect in its relation with the other elements on-site such as the Biodome and the Olympic Stadium. It strategic position and its shape allow it to become a complementary signal in the qualification of this major museum area.
Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Design Architect: Gilles Saucier Project Architect: André Perrotte Project team: Olivier Krieger, Marie-Eve Primeau, Gregory Neudorf, Lia Ruccolo, Guillaume Sasseville, Yutaro Minagawa, Tomek Bartczak, David Moreaux, Etienne Hotte, Patrice Bégin Consultants: Arup/Consultants SM _ Daniel Brodkin, Brian Markham, Jacques Guertin, Thérèse Primiani, Richard Breault Pageau Morel & ass. _ Jacques De Grâce, Roland Charneaux, Daniel Picard Lyse Tremblay architecte Jean-Marc Carpentier Design Communication _ André Bilodeau, Jean-François Major Trizart Alliance _ François Morrison, Pierre Lemieux, Marie Dupuis Technorm _ Gaétan Frenette