Oct - Dec 2018 | Advanced Synthesis Options Studio I: Timber | Partner Project with Lingfan Jiang
To design a food market and hotel with an attitude towards how to integrate a hybrid program within a cultural district of old Montreal’s Places des Arts.
After visiting the site and exploring the Underground, my partner and I felt that the Underground was a hidden layer of Montreal with entrances that are surprisingly hard to find for non-locals. Since our site is located across from an existing entrance, we took this opportunity to expand the underground system by treating our site as a new node. By mapping out the Underground with a larger context, we identified and proposed that this new node could potentially connect to another subway station, Saint-Laurent, in the future. Therefore, to encourage circulation between the two layers of the city at our site, we designed a subgrade food market. This is also a gesture towards connecting the parks to the east and west of the site, where the landscape makes a dive underneath the hotel such that it can stretch east-west from/towards Saint Catherine St. The subgrade market is covered by a timber-glass canopy to open up the Underground entrance to the public on the above ground layer.