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

Lacaton & Vassal's Glass Pavilion Earns Top Spot in Montréal's Space for Life Competition
© Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, FABG
© Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, FABG

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 & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, FABG, 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.

© Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, FABG
© Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, FABG

The four glass walls of the rectangular pavilion are actually double walls, with the space between them being used as a rose greenhouse. The growing plants will provide a unique screen for the interior, while allowing visitors to see out onto the Botanical Garden grounds.

© Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, FABG
© Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, FABG

The interior is designed to be flexible, with enough room to create a multi-purpose space. The main area of the pavilion can host 350 guests in the event of a banquet, in addition to caterers. Smaller rooms are also provided for less massive functions.

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

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Cite: Connor Walker. "Lacaton & Vassal's Glass Pavilion Earns Top Spot in Montréal's Space for Life Competition" 27 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/572720/glass-pavilion-earns-top-spot-in-montreal-s-space-for-life-competition/> ISSN 0719-8884

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