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

AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal's Biodome in Winning Competition Design
AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal's Biodome in Winning Competition Design, Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL
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.

Exterior View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL Interior View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL Lobby View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL Wall Projection. Image Courtesy of AZMPL + 10

Lobby View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL
Lobby View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL

Each ecosystem within the Biodome will be encapsulated by a wall, acting as a kind of skin for each biome. These serve both as a means of creating a contained space in which to view the animals and plant life, but also to educate visitors about the creatures found in the biodome. The architects describe the wall system as “a support for multimedia creations, a tool for multi-sensory stimuli and a canvas that accompanies visitors through the many pathways and the central hub.” The design is ultimately intended to create a more intimate space for visitors, one in which they gain a greater appreciation for biodiversity.

Interior View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL
Interior View. Image Courtesy of AZMPL

See a 3D tour of the proposed intervention in the video below!

This project is one of three architectural interventions chosen by the Space for Life competition. The two other selected proposals are for Montréal's Insectarium, and the city’s Botanical Gardens. All three are set to be implemented by 2017.

  • Competition

    Space for Life International Architectural Competition
  • Award

    First Place
  • Project Name

    Migration du Biodôme
  • Architects

  • Location

    Biodome, 4777 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 1B3, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    AZMPL + KANVA
  • Collaborators

    NEUF architect(e)s, Bouthillette Parizeau & NCK

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Cite: Connor Walker. "AZPML and KANVA Reimagine Montréal's Biodome in Winning Competition Design" 26 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/572372/azpml-and-kanva-reimagine-montreal-s-biodome-in-winning-competition-design/> ISSN 0719-8884

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