Concept and challenges: Humà Design + Architecture and Architecture49 firms are proud to unveil Rockland Center’s new food court, “La Cuisine”. The result of a narrow collaboration between those two renowned offices, the group worked with the client to redefine the culinary experience focusing on the gastronomic pleasures.
The Rockland Center owns a rich and vibrant history. Its original concept, by the architect Victor Prus, places it, since of the ’60s, as an emblematic destination of the Greater Montreal, both by its luxurious walkways and its sophisticated events.
Respecting this heritage, a meticulous and subtle concept was perfected: only the diversity of food was kept from the traditional food court. Following the strong idea of a large skylight, “La Cuisine” wants to offer privileged moments. The design and the architecture have been studied to support the idea of quiet luxury.
A major opening towards Acadie Boulevard assures flooding of natural lighting throughout the indoor space, which was previously only artificially lit. The numerous vegetal interior inserts complement the interior as a whole and transform the site into a grand garden and a wide dining room.
The food court offers many sub-spaces featuring different atmospheres. Some value the refined details and maximum brightness, others felted and comfortable alcoves, the latter features copper and greenery. All these combined spaces succeed in creating harmony through the use of noble materials such as marble, wood, copper and leather while exposing sumptuous lighting custom-designed for the project.