Montreal, 2009

The project again takes up, by developing it further, the idea that had been explored during the initial studies: a self-referential monolith “deposited” on a momentous site, witness to one of the greatest moments of Montreal’s history. The object, which we can associate with a meteorite whose fall has left its imprint on the ground, redefines the “Olympic” esplanade, and whose new folds turn green and offer new transparencies. It asks to be touched, felt, and climbed. Its abrupt edges and smooth walls seem, at first sight, impassable, but rapidly the building’s porosity gives itself away by allowing views on the activity inside. This very compact object offers the visitor various paths that meld into a coherent, versatile, fun and didactic whole.