Montreal Architecture: Future Roads & Other Quebec Curios

Artist's impression of what the Icône will look like. Credit: Icône Condominiums. Artist's impression of what the Icône will look like. Credit: Icône Condominiums.

So far the buildings we have discovered in Montreal have been buildings that have already been completed, and, like the New York Life Building or the Sun Life Building, have existed for more than a century. However, Montreal, as a growing and evolving city, always has new things in store. To conclude our series on Montreal architecture, let’s take a look at some of the new up and coming buildings that will soon grace Montreal’s skyline.

Tour des Canadiens, 167 m
This 37-storey building has been under construction since July of 2013. Currently in phase two of its construction, the building’s exterior will be made of glass and will feature a passageway that connects the condominium building directly to the Bell Centre. The very top of the building will light up at night creating different patterns that can be viewed from the city skyline. Architects: Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects and BLT Architectes

Icône, 107/146 m
Composed of two buildings, the Icône condominiums will be located close to the Bell Centre, near boulevard René-Lévesque and de la Montagne. Unlike other buildings that are similarly under construction, Icône is purely residential. The building’s mainly glass exterior allows as much natural light as possible to flow through the building, an idea that was previously used by 1501 McGill College, for example. Architects: Béïque, Legault, Thuot

L’Avenue, 184 m
Also located next to the Bell Centre, L’Avenue is a skyscraper that has been under construction since 2013. Partly residential, partly commercial, the building will feature condominiums and penthouses along with office space, a restaurant, and a grocery store all located in the same space. L’Avenue’s outward shape is inspired by the buildings located in Manhattan while its interior is inspired by the sleekness of European architecture. Architects: Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects

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