- 385 Avenue Viger O., H2Z 2B8 Montréal
- Cogir Real Estate, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ
- Andrew King, Jeffrey Ma, Valentin Guirao, Michel Aubé, Natalie Tornatora, Emanuel Cyr, Andres Escobar, Haley Wagg
- Interior designer
- Lemay + Escobar
Smart vertical living
Inspired by the relationship between humans and the urban environment, and embodying the concept of “live, work and play” the new Humaniti complex in Montreal’s Quartier international will be a source of pride for Montrealers, where urbanites can work, eat, have fun and go home without leaving the complex.
Also known as “Montreal’s first smart vertical community,” where rich and multi-sensory experiences will abound, the complex’s unique, H-shaped design aims to promote dialogue and openness across its 39 floors of many differing vocations. At its heart a 193-room luxury hotel, it will also welcome 314 rental units, 158 condos, 57,000 sq. ft. of office space and 17,000 sq. ft. of retail and commercial space.
The building’s form is defined by three elements:
The “Crust” defines the continuous surface framing the most intimate room. It embraces the public plaza as a ground treatment, stretching into hotel and boutiques; the restaurant and residences’ ceiling and soffit; and upward onto the facade.
On the larger of two towers, “Hive” is an architectural gesture reinforcing the vertical city concept. Its human scale and well-defined groupings of condos and apartments evoke a smaller, community feel while accommodating hundreds of dwellings. Many units share balconies, promoting interaction and dialogue.
The “Blades” combine honed and polished granite panels, tinted vision panels and reflective-transparent vision glass. They define the urban elevation facing the old city, with three blade-like elements floating above pedestrian level.
The multifunctional site will function as a unique extension of the magnificent Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle. As LEED certification becomes the norm, Humaniti is Quebec’s first residential building registered for WELL certification, which targets users’ health and well-being. Humaniti’s design and materials thereby meet stringent air and water quality criteria; prefer smart, anti-glare lighting systems; promote healthy eating and physical activity; and incorporate inspiring design features and works of art.
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Far-Sighted: Two Towers by Álvaro Siza
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