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Université de Montréal’s New 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.
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.
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.
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 😉
Let’s head on in through one of the front entrances.
Here’s a quick collection of my favorite artsy shots from inside.
And one more doorfie to wrap things up.
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