By : NEUF architect(e)s
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Other categories in architecture / Concept & Unbuilt : Silver Certification
Located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, Le Sherbrooke introduces a contemporary note into a historic neighbourhood of Montreal’s city centre known for its built and cultural heritage and high concentration of boutiques, restaurants, and museums. Planned for delivery in 2025, the project will contribute to the revitalization of the area, currently occupied by a parking lot at the foot of Mount Royal.
The residential complex is positioned along Sherbrooke Street, one of the city’s most beautiful and busiest streets. It fits into the urban fabric in a way that extends its major axes and better defines Guy and Sherbrooke Street West. Built as an infill on a vacant lot, it is configured as two volumes of different heights with the main structure located towards the back of the plot. This setback frees up an interior courtyard accessible via a ‘porte cochère’, in the spirit of Parisian mansions.
The main massing is divided into three towers of 25 storeys each, respecting the scale of the surrounding context. The facade echoes the rhythm of windows and materials found in the neighbourhood, with a contemporary interpretation. A cladding of precast concrete with granite and Migny limestone highlights the grey stone of the surrounding heritage buildings, including the Medical Arts Building and the Beaux-Arts style residence Le Linton. The high proportion of glazing imparts a lighter silhouette to the buildings. The glass used for the project was custom-designed to achieve a warm-tinted colour reminiscent of the surrounding structures. The bronze-coloured mullions also fulfil requirements for integration into the built environment.
The second volume stretches along the public way and respects the proportions of the existing structures adjoining the project, providing the residence with an address on Sherbrooke Street alongside the former Cartier jewelry store and the Béatrice restaurant, which are also renovated by our team in collaboration with a heritage committee. Moreover, following the renovation and expansion work, the Béatrice restaurant will occupy more than half of the ground floor in the gatehouse building. The courtyard behind this volume is landscaped with a combination of mineral features and vegetation. The courtyard’s focal point is a fountain embellished with a delicate sculpture, reflecting the artistic component of the surroundings.
The residence relies on a typological and generational mix, and provides 516 condominium apartments. The complex has several floors of underground parking, commercial spaces at grade level, and a terrace featuring an outdoor swimming pool on the 25th floor. Le Sherbrooke trusts in its enduring architecture, both in terms of its aesthetics inspired by its neighbourhood and the quality of its structural details such as its Migny limestone and custom-crafted glass. This refinement and attention to detail will be reflected in a landscaped courtyard at the pedestrian level to bring an infusion of new life to the Golden Square Mile.