Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2018 Recipient

Stade de Soccer de Montréal
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Saucier+Perrotte Architectes and HCMA

Lead design architect(s): 

Gilles Saucier, FIRAC and André Perrotte, FIRAC

Occupancy: 2015
Construction Budget: Phase 1 - $35.7 million / Phase 2 - $3.2 million

On the site of the former Miron quarry, the new soccer stadium emerges from the park’s artificial topography as a layer of mineral stratum recalling the site’s geological nature. The mineral stratum is articulated by a continuous roof which cantilevers over the entry plaza, folds down over the interior soccer field, and extends to the ground to accommodate spectator seating for the outdoor field. Simultaneously reacting to the site and the requirements of the program, the dramatic roof structure gives a distinctive and unified presence to the complex. The innovative hybrid wood structure is composed of CLT and glulam elements. 

Jury Comment(s): 

"This suburban soccer stadium is a powerful expression of athletic activity and energy as well a strong homage to the geology of its site. The triangular geometry of the structural framework is both ambitious and restrained; its oversized glulam beams a big gesture that is in appropriate scale to the quarry below. The dramatic roofline becomes the identity of the project, its muscularity uniting the discrete components and projecting a cohesive presence. The stadium’s positioning on the berm gives it a heroic presence and celebrates it as a civic landmark."

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Photo: Olivier Blouin

Photo: Olivier Blouin

Photo: Olivier Blouin

Photo: Olivier Blouin

Photo: Olivier Blouin