• Headquarters of the Sisters of Providence
  • Headquarters of the Sisters of Providence
  • Headquarters of the Sisters of Providence
  • Headquarters of the Sisters of Providence
  • Headquarters of the Sisters of Providence
  • Headquarters of the Sisters of Providence

Headquarters of the Sisters of Providence

Sœurs de la Providence

Category

Commercial and administrative


Client

Sœurs de la Providence


Location

Montreal (Quebec) / Canada

Date

2007


Budget

8 M$

Area

675 m.c. nouveaux + 6 365 m.c. réaménagés


Credits

ABCP architecture


Awards and mentions

  • Excellence Award of The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)


Description

The fundamental challenge of this architectural project was how to upgrade the existing building to meet new needs and eloquently signal the religious community’s presence. The new structures were thus located at the main entrance and in the southeastern portion of the building.

For the main entrance we designed, in keeping with the client’s objectives, a pure, innovative, timeless glass structure that is a source of light and openness. The structure’s complete transparency, due to a construction technique that conceals the visible divisions between glass sections, gives it an immaterial feel. This slender, soaring volume is in perfect harmony with the existing building and reflects the international character of the Community of the Sisters of Providence.

The glass prism serves as a signal, a beacon of sorts. Curving down from the ceiling, a long, wooden bowl-like structure symbolizes charity and sharing, reflecting the sunlight during the day and poetically lit up at night.