MAISON ALCAN - Atrium
A project management mandate from Zú, an incubator for creative tech startups, this job brought together an incredible amount of talent to raise the Culver Atrium up to today's task: a multifunctional event space filled with art and technology, ready for all types of happenings. The immense volume of the Atrium is the centerpiece of the famed Maison Alcan complex, itself a keystone in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile.
Collaboration included coordinating the site specific artworks comfortably in their surroundings. The mural by Ola Volo is fitted to the elevations of the great brick wall of the Atrium, nestling neatly in the heritage building with a light but impactful touch.
Other artworks include the monumental Berkeley Lobby columns by Jeremy Schantz and a surprising mural by Fvckrender in the main corridor. A favorite installation, the unisex bathroom facilities decked out in colour and pattern by Marie Claude Marquis, with handpainted mosaics and custom wallpapers alongside her cheeky phrases.
In parallel, coordination included incorporating a state of the art audio visual setup into the immense space, and selecting flexible furniture for a multitude of event types. A series of maisonnettes, movable meeting pods, little houses finished with aluminum sheeting on the exterior, to be used as one-on-one hangout spaces or lined up as a linear meeting space, were also part of the coordination work.
The resulting spaces are monumental while inviting, and form a new interior public square in Montreal's downtown core.
Landlord and building representative by Maison Alcan team
Artists managed by LNDMRK
Interior design by Patty Xenos Design
Stage designed by NEUF architectes
Construction executed by Avicor
Scenography by Mario Brien Studios
Wayfinding by Bzoing