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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.

 
Render | Entrance to underground market from Rue de Montigny    Glass-timber canopy morphs as it dips underneath the hotel

Render | Entrance to underground market from Rue de Montigny

Glass-timber canopy morphs as it dips underneath the hotel

Render | Interior of the subgrade market    Stairs from Saint Catherine St. that leads down to the market

Render | Interior of the subgrade market

Stairs from Saint Catherine St. that leads down to the market

 

Animation | Showing the different parts of the site

Animation | Shadow study of the subgrade market

 
Map of the existing underground layer with entrances marked with squares and subway stops marked with a circle    Our site is across from the entrance marked with ( 1 )

Map of the existing underground layer with entrances marked with squares and subway stops marked with a circle

Our site is across from the entrance marked with ( 1 )

 
Plans | Market is located subgrade with connections to the subway system

Plans | Market is located subgrade with connections to the subway system

Section | Glass-timber canopy diving downwards, echoing the stepping of the subgrade market

Section | Glass-timber canopy diving downwards, echoing the stepping of the subgrade market