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The Art of the Table to Reappropriate Public Space.
The team of ADHOC Architects presents the project Your Place at the Table! in Montreal until October 2020 on Sainte-Catherine Ouest, corner Clark. The project was designed with the collaboration of graphic designers Maude Lescarbeau and Camille Blais. The colorful installation was conceived to safely accommodate and attract citizens currently reappropriating the downtown of Montreal after several weeks of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The layout is designed to offer passers-by a space to promenade or to sit and relax while respecting current sanitation and social distancing norms.
Reappropriating downtown Montreal with the help of design
Your Place at the Table! is one of 3 TULIPs - les Terrasses Urbaines Libres au Public - and three public spaces that have been designed in downtown Montreal thanks to the dedication of architectural firms and reputed designers. The initial mandate from the Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles was to produce an artistic installation that would attract and stimulate traffic in the Quartier des Spectacles while maintaining social distancing measures. The TULIPs are public amenities that work in synergy with the supply of local commerce's and cultural and touristic attractions. They allow people to profit from the pleasant summer and fall weather to rediscover their city. Until October 2020, the public is invited to explore these new urban amenities that are animated by a cultural program as well as a multitude of spontaneous initiatives.
Revisiting a park known for its ecological qualities by adding a social component
The team from ADHOC architectes was given the mandate to revisit the Hydro-Quebec park designed by Claude Cormier et Associés (2008-2012), which received multiple prizes for its ecological qualities. ADHOC architectes added a social component to the site of 3260m2 by transforming it into a new urban terrasse. A 100 meter (300 feet) long “urban table” was precisely implanted between the existing furniture and trees that perforate the elevated, angular metal grille in the center of the site. The table undulates under the canopy of the trees, leaving visitors to discover a succession of staged place settings and varied atmospheres.