By : CCxA
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Landscape & Territories : Grand Winner
Categories : Landscape Architecture / Landscape Architecture - Public Space : Platinum Winner
The Ring is a customized installation and one-of-a-kind reflection of the symbolic importance of Place-Ville-Marie (PVM), the birthplace of Montreal’s architectural modernity. The 30m diameter suspended metal ring is a site-specific installation that conveys monumentality and humility. Framing the iconic view along McGill College Avenue, towards the gates of McGill University, Mount Royal, and its signature summit cross, The Ring reinforces the architectural composition and timelessness of PVM. Taking landscape architecture out of its comfort zone, it incorporates the touchstones of our profession – connectivity, placemaking, and social triangulation, while also embracing new challenges that integrate bold engineering, rigorous coordination and risk assessment, unexpected considerations for public safety, and structural integration with existing architecture. The Ring commemorates the 60th anniversary of Montreal’s modernist transformation, and symbolizes the strong connection between the city, its citizens, and its visitors. As a metropolitan denominator, The Ring elevates a sense of belonging where everyone is made to feel ‘Montrealais’.