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Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse


For years, a new cultural pole has been emerging in the vicinity of Montréal’s Place des Arts. Long neglected, the area immediately to the west—and its remaining heritage properties—had been waiting for revitalization. The Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse project remedies this situation, preserving a 1918 industrial structure, revitalizing the area and bringing under a single roof the Grands Ballets Canadiens as well as three other dance institutions.

As it stands today, the Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse regroups 10 rehearsal studios and 4 state-of-the-arts flexible production and performance spaces. Administrative offices for each of the three companies and for the school are provided as well. In addition, the new complex leases three entire floors of the historic building to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), a governmental organization which supports Québec’s artistic community.

Originally built as a furniture factory, the Wilder Building fronts on De Bleury Street and backs on the highly popular Place des Festivals, where numerous events including the Festival international de jazz de Montréal take place every summer. The 23,800-square-metre project, open since January 2017, creates a subtle addition to its surroundings while providing dancers with a long-awaited light-filled learning and working environment.

LOCATION: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
TYPE OF INTERVENTION: Renovation and expansion of the Wilder Building, and integration of a new building
SURFACE AREA: 235,000 ft²
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: LEED NC Silver certification JOINT VENTURE: Lapointe Magne + ÆdificaCOMPLETION: 2017

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