Thursday Doors – October 17, 2019

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Université de Montréal’s New Science Complex

Bienvenue au complexe des sciences/ Welcome to the science complex

While on our photo walk a few weekends ago through the borough of Outremont we visited one of the latest major construction projects in the Montréal region, the new Science Complex built for the Université de Montréal.

As might be expected for a new modern building intended to house a major university science center, glass and steel, tall ceilings, and huge wide open interior spaces are what these structures are all about.

Built at a cost of just over 350 million $ Cdn the two main towers and peripheral structures were built on a 118 hectare lot that formerly housed the long abandoned Outremont rail yards.

Having fun taking pics from behind the steam fountain built the shape of an old locomotive carousel.

Approaching on foot from the Acadie Metro station, the first thing visitors notice is the cool spaceship-like staircase and elevated walkway that leads to the complex.

The university acquired the land from the railroad back in 2006. After 10 years of decontamination and extensive public consultations it was decided that since it was so expensive to retrofit existing buildings to able to fulfill the technological demands of today’s modern research facilities, the best use for the land would be to build new labs, and move the entire science department there.

Lots of glass to let in tons of natural light

These buildings along with the new student residences and condos that are going up are helping to revitalize what had been an economically stagnant part of the city. In fact the city even bought some of the land from the university with the intention of building approximately 1500 residential units over the next few years. Hopefully they will be affordable.

Where there is glass there will be doorfies (door selfies)

Aside from the doors, new modern buildings like this are a treat for photographers who enjoy playing with sharp angular shapes and reflections…so yes I had a fun time 😉

Reflection of the window washers at work on the building opposite this one

Let’s head on in through one of the front entrances.

Some parts of the building are not quite finished

Here’s a quick collection of my favorite artsy shots from inside.

Natural light amplified though the use of glass and mirrors

Stairs and large sitting area

Textured ceiling tiles

Shadows through the doors

And one more doorfie to wrap things up.

As always I thank you for dropping in 🙂

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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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97 Responses to Thursday Doors – October 17, 2019

  1. I’m a sucker for photographs of reflections.

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  2. joey says:

    Wow, Norm, while I’m not a fan of modern architecture, that building is STUNNING! The wooden staircase, dreamy. Wonderful skies that day, too. Love the play you had with light and reflection.

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  3. Love the steam fountain. Beautiful building.

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  4. Aimer Boyz says:

    That “artsy” shit with all the shadow. Perfect.

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  5. Great pictures. I love the one with the cleaning crew. However, I also loved the ones with reflection.
    Greetings from Hamburg

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  6. Love the photos, Norm. My favorites are the ones taken through the mist and the one with the window washers. Cool buildings!

    Here’s my post for this week. =)

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  7. Quite a departure from your church doors and other rustic doors but you certainly had fun with the modern building architecture and doors. I guess, when you’re an expert door photographer it doesn’t matter what type of doors you’re featuring; it all come out great!

    Here’s my post for this week:

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  8. Some great reflection shots in this collection.
    Here is my contribution to the project for this week…

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  9. Beautiful architecture photos, Norm! That’s an amazing building (totally my kind of stuff). Oh, and nice doors and “dorfies!” 🙂

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  10. slfinnell says:

    Directly behind my home is an old deserted railroad shop yard now overgrown with trees and grass. Quite a swath of acreage. Not much use as all the slag from those days contaminated the ground as I’m told, not to mention some buried train cars. I am delighted to see how that university took hold of this property and went above and beyond. Great stuff!!
    My link:

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  11. amoralegria says:

    Beautiful modern building!

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  12. Highly intriguing post today, Norm, even though I’m not a fan of glassy modern architecture. They did well though, and you as well, Normies and all.

    Here is another part of my endless door day in Rome.

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  13. Lynn says:

    $350 million you say? Good thing it offers cool doorfies!

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  14. msgt3227 says:

    I really like all the reflections! so… um, like my college days! and here is my simple entry for the week!

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  15. Junieper2 says:

    Love all the reflections here, especially that one with the window washers! First time I have seen a steam fountain!And that all because of wanting to capture doors:):)

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  16. lolaWi says:

    love the clouds reflections in the glass building! here’s my contribution this week:

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  17. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful reflections and mirrored images💜💜💜

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  18. JT Twissel says:

    Wow – another reason to re-visit Montreal. I love all the reflections and angles. My offering this week isn’t much but here it is:

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  19. susurrus says:

    I like the artsy shots too, especially the window washers and the ceiling tiles.

    Here’s my link:

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  20. Combining October Poetry Writing month with the door of a windmill (well, and the rest of it, it was too beautiful to only share the door:

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  21. Although I love old buildings I’m also fascinated by the way these modern ones reflect light and almost blend into the clouds and sky. Lovely shots of the intereior, too, Norm. You got some great angles to shoot from boh inside and out. Here’s my Thursday Doors for this week, thanks;

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  22. Judith says:

    Some great shots in this collection are almost abstract.

    Here’s a quiet Berwick street in early evening with a few nice doors:

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  23. I’m not usually a fan of very modern buildings, but I love the way in the shot with the fountain/s that the building appears flat and almost disappears due to the reflections. In fact the reflections are probably my favorite things today and I really like the artsy shots as well.

    As I’m in rural France today, you can imagine there aren’t any buildings at all like this. But what I offer also includes the offer of pastry and coffee or tea after you’re done looking at the doors. No photos of pastry and drinks today, but there probably will be eventually.


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  24. Jackie says:

    I remember driving past towards yards, great repurposing of them.
    Doorfies, perfect, I am going to use that!
    Using the steam like that is a great tribute to the railyards of yore.

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  25. Ally Bean says:

    That’s a trippy building to see. It has too much glare coming off of it to suit me, but then it’s not being built to suit me, is it? Great photos, of course.

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  26. That glass building looks beautiful. It’s a place I wouldn’t mind working in at all: the open space would make it lovely to see in all kinds of weather.

    This week I have a door which is the most minimalistic you can get:

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  27. Wow, that’s a myriad of different doors and architecture, and fantastic reflections; great pics, Norm 😁 Here’s mine:

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  28. Dymoon says:

    beautiful building, stunning pictures… I am in the woods today

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  29. marianallen says:

    Wonderful! In some shots, the building was nearly invisible–crazy! The last shot was my favorite, ‘cuz it had a Norm in it. 🙂 My post this week is a horror show. This hotel we stayed in …. Oh, this hotel….

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  30. Just goes to show that modern doors can be fascinating too. The last thing these are is modern, though..

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  31. Interesting structures with wonderful reflections. If one could measure brain power, I think it would be off the chart there. 🙂 Here’s my humble farm door contribution.

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  32. Dan Antion says:

    Great post Norm. You have a couple interesting doors but I love your artsy shots. I love reflections and shadows. My favorite is the one with the sun peeking through At an angle but perfectly parallel to the door. Oh, and the stairs. We’re you on the ground for that shot?

    I borrowed some doors for today –

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  33. Sheree says:

    I love that your doors come with a story. I’ll post the link to my doors later.

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  34. Joanne Sisco says:

    I too love, love, love the cloud reflections!

    The steam fountain is quite a different addition … and rather a cool nod to the original use of the property.

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  35. All thos clouds and reflections!!! I’d love to visit there, in many different types of weather… Norm, can I send you the link to my mums website? She’s a great photographer of archtectures, lines and shapes. Looking at some of your photo’s I think you might love her work.

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