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The primary objective was to improve the urban esthetics of the Institut de Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie, which many Montrealers had criticized. There were numerous constraints: the building had to remain operational, and the existing structure could not support any additional load. Adding translucent cladding offered the advantage of transforming the building with no need for demolition, while providing a view of the warm and animated interior. Furthermore, the design incorporated some environmental strategies: the double façade provides extra heat in winter, thanks to the thermal buffer which uses heat from the kitchen exhausts. Formerly considered the eyesore of the Latin Quarter, the ITHQ now projects an image that reflects the prestige of this internationally renowned school.

LOCATION : Montréal, Québec, Canada
TYPE OF INTERVENTION : Renovation and urban redevelopment
SIZE : 225 988 ft²
DELIVERY METHOD : construction managment
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN : green strategies: double skin facade which acts as insulation during winter and pre-heats the air supply. Energy saving principles
JOINT VENTURE : Aedifica, Lapointe Magne

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