Concept and challenges: In 1992, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the Montreal Creation, the development of the Old Port made it possible to offer citizens and visitors the long-awaited public space. Built on three themes: a place of history and belonging, a port, a multipurpose area, the master plan focuses on revealing the traits that shaped the identity of the place. Overall, with major excavation work in each Bonsecours sector and the Locks, the site has regained its modern port morphology at its peak. Docks, sheds, handling towers and other industrial structures are preserved and make up the bulk of a port industrial landscape that landscaping and architecture highlight, commemorate and celebrate.
Thus, for the project, a narrative program was set up which consists in revealing the significant elements of the place to support a functional program oriented towards the symbolic and practical appreciation of its history.
The Old Port project has earned recognition of excellence internationally.