In 2006, Montréal was the first North American city to be designated a UNESCO “City of Design”. Take off for a day of discovery in a fascinating urban museum dedicated to bold and original works.
To visit in the morning
The Canadian Centre for Architecture
The CCA is an international research centre and museum renowned for its extensive collections and the quality of its exhibitions.A must-see for:
- The building’s design, integrating a historical 19th-century house into a contemporary architectural concept (it received numerous international awards for the quality of its design, which also used local materials).
- Its stunning urban garden and open-air museum.
The Quartier international
A transition between downtown’s modern vibe and the historic quarter’s understated tranquility, the Quartier international is a showcase for innovative urban planning, thanks to the creative genius of renowned designer, Michel Dallaire. You won’t want to miss:
- Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, for the artist’s splendid sculpture-fountain, La Joute (The Joust).
- The Palais des congrès, Montréal’s Convention Centre, for its massive multi-coloured glass wall entitled Translucide, which is even more spectacular from inside, and its surprising Jardin Nature Légère, a forest of 52 shocking pink concrete tree trunks on the main floor.
- The Centre CPD Capital, for its soaring, luminous central space, Le Parquet. The view from the terrace is definitely worth the detour.
- The 33 kilometres (over 20 miles) of the Underground Pedestrian Network. Place Ville-Marie, the cruciform-shaped building inaugurated in 1962, was the original hub of the network.
- Old Montréal, for its fascinating mix of 18th- and 19th-century architecture and ultramodern office buildings.
To visit in the afternoon
Souvenirs d’Expo 67 – Île Notre-Dame
The cornerstone of modern design in Montréal, Île Notre-Dame was constructed from scratch for Expo 67, while neighbouring Île Sainte-Hélène was expanded.
- The Biosphère. Former United States pavilion created by visionary architect Buckminster Fuller, the sphere now houses the Environment Museum. It is the largest building of its kind in the world.
- The Casino de Montréal. Located in the former France and Québec pavilions, this building was a futuristic tour de force of design in its day.
- Habitat 67. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, who was just 23 years old at the time, this avant-garde building incarnates a vision of a new way of living and remains an extraordinary example of modern design to this day.
- Man, an imposing stainless steel stabile created by celebrated sculptor Alexander Calder. The view of Montréal from here is breathtaking.
Recharge and rejuvenate
Midday,at Cluny ArtBar, located in a former industrial building now converted into an artist co-op, a popular local hangout for creative spirits.
Evenings, at Vauvert, for its exquisite gourmet fare and chic, glam-goth ambiance.
257, rue Prince
355, rue McGill