Visit the Wilder Building... Virtually
On March 7, Le Devoir printed a special issue on Espace danse. In an interview, Michel Lapointe, lead designer for this project by architectural consortium Lapointe Magne + Ædifica, discussed the project highlights and briefly explained the design decisions. A flagship project in the Quartier des spectacles de Montréal, Espace danse has a distinctive architectural signature. The project, which will light up the Place des Festivals, is relocating cultural organizations Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, as well as the offices of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. Espace danse, whose gross area is more than 21,700 m2, includes the integration of the Wilder Building, a 10-storey heritage industrial building constructed in 1918. Because vast volumes are required to house dance studios, these spaces will be built from scratch on the empty lots to the north and south of the Wilder Building; related premises with less complex space requirements will be integrated into the Wilder Building's structure.
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