PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition Stage 2, Montreal Architectural Design Contest News
PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition Winners
post updated 15 July 2022
PHI announces Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay as winners of the International Architecture Competition for PHI Contemporary
PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition Winners News
After 11 months of rigorous development, the International Architecture Competition is now complete. The winning architectural firms Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay will pursue the mandate to develop their proposal and realize the architectural design of PHI Contemporary, transforming the site into a new cultural hub for Old Montreal.
The winning architectural firms
Berlin-based architectural practice Kuehn Malvezzi and Montreal-based firm Pelletier de Fontenay will work as a consortium to realize the design of PHI Contemporary. They collectively share more than 30 years of experience within the cultural and public spheres, bringing together a sophisticated knowledge of the museum domain and a critical understanding of built heritage.
PHI is pleased to begin this new chapter with the architects to transform four heritage buildings and an adjacent lot, located at the intersection of Bonsecours and Saint-Paul (East) streets in the historic district of Montreal, into a new permanent cultural venue under the banner of PHI Contemporary.
The proposal weaves together the historic buildings and new structures into a sophisticated landscape for the presentation and engagement with contemporary art and culture. The jury felt the Architects resolved the complexity of the site with remarkable originality and intelligence, creating a new archetype and landmark that captures the generous and vanguard spirit of PHI Contemporary as an institution.
At the centre of the new design is our understanding of the institution as an active entity that is being formed in real time, open and in a state of permanent transformation. Conceived as an open landscape rather than a building, the design is a simple and solid framework, a contemporary stage for hosting a wide range of activities.
Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay
Simona Malvezzi, Wilfried Kuehn and Johannes Kuehn founded Kuehn Malvezzi in Berlin in 2001. Cultural venues, exhibitions and public spaces are a main focus of their practice. From the design for Documenta 11 (Kassel, 2002) to the newly completed Insectarium in Montreal (done in collaboration with Pelletier de Fontenay and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes), they have realized numerous interventions in museums and exhibition venues, such as the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection at the Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin and the Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf. Current projects include the interreligious House of One in Berlin and the redesign of the Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain in Geneva.
Pelletier de Fontenay
Established in 2010 by Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay, Pelletier de Fontenay is an architectural practice based in Montreal. The office has quickly gained a reputation for excellence in designing contemporary public projects and is currently working on museums, schools, and public library projects. Pelletier de Fontenay has placed first in two international competitions: the New School LOSBATES near Prague, and the Montreal Insectarium, in partnership with the Berlin firm Kuehn Malvezzi. Locally, the firm has placed first in the Lab-École Shefford competition and the Sanaaq Center in downtown Montreal.
This competition and project testify to the crucial importance of institutions such as PHI Contemporary in amplifying their contributions to contemporary culture worldwide. The new institution will be significant in re-affirming Montreal’s immense creative potential, one that is no secret to those who know and love the city and support its importance as a major capital for contemporary art and culture from around the world.
Amale Andraos, President of the jury
A PUBLIC PLATFORM
In response to the desire for more access to PHI’s public cultural offer, a sleek “public platform” cuts through the entire site, connecting all aspects of the new institution. Open and inviting, it acts as a window into the world of PHI. The limit between public and private is intentionally undefined. The proposal is thus not for a building on its own, but for a new infrastructure – where a variety of events can take place. As a flexible, and forward-thinking place, artists will be able to appropriate and take possession of all the spaces in unexpected ways. Conceived as a simple and solid framework, this new contemporary platform for artists and curators, will be a window onto our contemporary world.
AN OPEN FIELD
The structure and its compliments are all visible from the street, allowing passers-by to appreciate the site’s multiple layers from the outside and reinforces PHI’s mission as a truly public institution. The existing structures suddenly take on another dimension. Instead of seeing only the street facades, we now see them from all sides, exposing traces of history and telling the story of the site in a unique way.
At the core of the project is a public space, an “open field”, similar to a city street. This space is intentionally left open and un-programmed, freed of any predefined functions. In contrast with most traditional museums, PHI is made up of multiple in-between spaces that run between inside and outside. The result is a multilayered landscape of rooms and spaces, all connected to one another by this public space, a forum where conversations on contemporary culture can take place.
The concept proposes to highlight the original historic buildings on site in a bold and transgressive way. Rather than adding new architectural layers or recreating new buildings in line with the old, the design offers an abstract backdrop, an absence of architecture that allows the existing buildings to stand out. From a preservation point of view, the structures are purged from their interior decorations and kept intentionally bare, revealing the original architecture’s elementary features as well as many of the historical traces accumulated over time.
PHI is a cultural ecosystem based in Montreal, Canada, comprising three primary entities. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art (2007, formerly DHC/ART) dedicates itself to presenting impactful experiences through contemporary art by some of the most influential and compelling artists from around the world. The PHI Foundation presents major exhibitions, a dynamic public program and a progression education program all offered free to the public as part of its commitment to accessibility.
The PHI Centre (2012), celebrating its 10th anniversary, has championed projects at the crossroads of art, cinema, music, virtual reality, and extended reality, exploring new territories of storytelling by producing installations informed by new media. In contrast, PHI Studio (2019), the third entity of PHI’s ecosystem, develops innovative exhibitions and captivating, immersive experiences presented at world-class venues internationally.
July 15th, 2022 marks the completion of the competition and the commencement of the design phase wherein the winning proposal will be developed towards realization by the winning architectural firms, in partnership with PHI and the project’s stakeholders.
The competition was presided over by an expert jury made up of the following members:
• Amale Andraos, Dean and Professor at Columbia GSAPP;
• Elizabeth Diller, professor and partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R);
• Miles Greenberg, artist;
• Phoebe Greenberg, Founder and CCO of PHI;
• Jacques Lachapelle, architect and honorary professor at the Université de Montréal School of Architecture;
• Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, architect, curator and founder of the interdisciplinary agency 2050+;
• Jean-Michel Othoniel, artist;
• Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder of COBE.
This Fall, PHI is planning a series of events to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the PHI Foundation and the 10th anniversary of the PHI Centre. The PHI Contemporary winning proposal and winning architectural firms will also be presented and celebrated at this time.
© Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay, Visualization: Secchi Smith
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post updated 11 May 2022
PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition Grand Finalists
PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition Grand Finalists News
PHI announces the two Grand Finalists selected to move forward in the International Architecture Competition for PHI Contemporary
Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen have been selected by the jury to proceed to the final stage of the competition following the public presentations of the five finalist architects on May 2.
Now in the final stage of the competition, the two grand finalists will form multidisciplinary teams to develop their completed proposals leading to the final selection and announcement of the Laureat on July 15, 2022.
The Grand Finalists
• Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay
Kuehn Malvezzi was founded in 2001 by architects Simona Malvezzi, Wilfried Kuehn and Johannes Kuehn in Berlin. The practice has had a strong focus on cultural venues, exhibitions and public spaces, and an interest in reflexive ways of dealing with specific contexts and sensitive preservation issues.
Established in 2010 by Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay in Montreal, Pelletier de Fontenay has quickly gained a reputation for design excellence for contemporary public projects that currently include museums, schools, and public libraries projects.
• OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen was founded in 2002 by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. OFFICE is renowned for its idiosyncratic architecture, in which realisations and theoretical projects stand side by side, engaging in all architectural and urbanist design, creating projects of all scales ranging from furniture to master planning in Belgium as well as internationally.
Opening its doors in 2026, PHI Contemporary (6 900 m2 approximately) will be an institution dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture. The project will consolidate the full breadth of PHI’s public cultural offer under one roof. PHI Contemporary will create an open space for the public to engage with its multi-dimensional presentation of art, discourse and creative practices between the PHI Foundation and the PHI Centre.
International Architecture Competition
On August 26, 2021, PHI launched an International Architecture Competition for the design of PHI Contemporary. The call for candidature elicited 65 entries from world-class architectural firms from 14 countries, from which 11 were selected to compete. The competition is now entering its third and final stage. On July 15th, 2022, PHI will announce the competition laureat selected by the jury.
PHI Contemporary Competition Jury
Amale Andraos, Architect
Dean Emerita and Professor, Columbia GSAPP; Principal WORKac
Elizabeth Diller, Architect
Professor, Princeton University SOA; Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Miles Greenberg, Artist
Founding Director and CCO, PHI
Jacques Lachapelle, Architect
Honorary professor, Université de Montréal School of Architecture
Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Architect, Curator
Founding partner, 2050+
Jean-Michel Othoniel, Artist
Dan Stubbergaard, Architect
For more information on the competition or the project, please visit our website.
PHI would like to thank all the finalist firms for their remarkably insightful proposals for this complex project. The architectural schemes were of the highest quality and reflected, in unique and thoughtful ways, the ethos, ambitions and priorities of PHI Contemporary as an institution and an architectural landmark.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec.
Photo: Vincent Castonguay
11 April 2022
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Location: 315, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, H2Y 2M3, Quebec, Canada
PHI announces the 5 Architects selected to advance in the PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition
PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition Stage 2 News
The 5 Finalists selected to proceed to Stage 2 of the Competition will present their Architectural Proposals to the Jury in the format of a public virtual event on May 2, 11:00 EST. An invitation will follow.
Stage 2 of the International Architectural Competition
PHI is pleased to announce that the following 5 architectural firms have been selected as Finalists by the international Jury to advance to Stage 2 of the Competition for PHI Contemporary, a new cultural institution in Montreal, Canada dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture:
• Adjaye Associates (UK / United States) – Adjaye/Associates
• BRUTHER (France)
• Dorte Mandrup (Denmark) – Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
• Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay (Germany & Canada)
• OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Belgium) – OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen
Following Stage 2, two firms will be selected as Grand Finalists to form their multidisciplinary team and proceed to the final stage of the Competition.
More on the Competition here : contemporary.phi.ca
On May 2nd, 11h-14h EST, each of the Finalists will present their Architectural Concepts to the Jury in an open virtual event. As an expression of PHI’s commitment to transparency and the creative process, the public at large is invited to join the event and witness the presentation of proposals and discussions with the Jury. The event will be simultaneously translated in French, English and sign language.
To register for the event and access the live stream of the Architects’ presentations visit: contemporary.phi.ca
Founded and directed by Phoebe Greenberg and based in Montreal, Canada, PHI is a multidisciplinary organization positioned at the intersection of art, film, music, design, and technology. Offering a panoramic perspective of radical ideas focused on collective experience, social impact, and audience interactivity, PHI is committed to future generations of art consumption.
PHI consists of the PHI Centre, PHI Studio, artist-in-residence programs, and PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, PHI fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences.
PHI annonce les 5 architectes sélectionnés pour avancer dans le concours international d’architecture de PHI Contemporain
Emplacement: 315, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montréal, H2Y 2M3, Québec, Canada
Le concours international d’architecture de PHI Contemporain
Les 5 finalistes sélectionnés pour passer à l’étape 2 du concours présenteront leurs prestations au jury sous la forme d’un événement public virtuel le 2 mai à 11h EST. Une invitation suivra.
L’étape 2 du concours international d’architecture
PHI a le plaisir d’annoncer que les 5 firmes d’architecture suivantes ont été sélectionnées comme finalistes par le jury international pour passer à la seconde étape du concours pour la conception de PHI Contemporain – une institution culturelle à Montréal au Canada, dédiée à l’exploration du contemporain à travers l’engagement public avec l’art et la culture:
• Adjaye Associates (États-unis)
• BRUTHER (France)
• Dorte Mandrup (Danemark)
• Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay (Allemagne et Canada)
• OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Belgique)
À l’issue de l’étape 2, deux firmes seront sélectionnées comme grands finalistes pour former leur équipe pluridisciplinaire et passer à l’étape finale du concours.
Plus d’informations sur le concours ici : contemporain.phi.ca
Les 8 experts du jury:
• Amale Andraos, doyenne et professeure à l’Université Columbia GSAPP;
• Elizabeth Diller, professeure et partenaire chez Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R);
• Miles Greenberg, artiste;
• Phoebe Greenberg, fondatrice et chef de la création chez PHI;
• Jacques Lachapelle, architecte et professeur honoraire à l’École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal;
• Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, architecte, commissaire d’exposition et fondateur de l’agence interdisciplinaire 2050+;
• Jean-Michel Othoniel, artiste;
• Dan Stubbergaard, architecte et fondateur de COBE.
Plus d’informations sur le jury ici : contemporain.phi.ca/#jury
Le 2 mai, de 11h à 14h EST, chacun des finalistes présentera son concept architectural au jury lors d’un événement virtuel. Afin d’exprimer l’engagement de PHI envers la transparence et leur processus créatif, le grand public est invité à l’événement, à assister aux présentations et aux discussions avec le jury. L’événement sera traduit simultanément en français, en anglais et en langue des signes.
Pour vous inscrire à l’événement et accéder à la diffusion en direct des présentations des architectes, visitez le: contemporain.phi.ca
Pour vous inscrire aux nouvelles liées au concours, veuillez contacter: [email protected]
Fondé et dirigé par Phoebe Greenberg à Montréal, PHI est un pôle artistique multidisciplinaire situé au croisement de l’art, du film, de la musique, du design et de la technologie. Tourné vers l’art et les publics de demain, l’organisme couvre le spectre des idées radicales en misant sur l’expérience collective, la responsabilité sociale et la participation de l’auditoire.
PHI englobe le Centre PHI, le Studio PHI, des programmes d’artistes en résidence et la Fondation PHI pour l’art contemporain. Grâce à une programmation éclectique et une prédilection pour la création de contenus, PHI favorise les rencontres imprévues entre artistes et publics.
315, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montréal
Qc H2Y 2M3 Canada
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23 Nov 2021
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
PHI announces 11 architectural firms to proceed to Stage 1 of the PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition
PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition Longlist
The list of competitors is as follows:
• Adjaye Associates (USA)
• architecten jan de vylder inge vinck (Belgium)
• BRUTHER (France)
• Carmody Groarke (England)
• Dorte Mandrup (Denmark)
• in situ atelier d’architecture (Canada)
• Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay (Germany + Canada)
• Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture (France)
• OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Belgium)
• Smiljan Radić (Chile)
• SO – IL (USA)
For more information, please visit the website at contemporary.phi.ca.
Location: Centre PHI, 315 Saint-Paul Street West, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2M3, Canada
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Montreal Architecture Designs – chronological list
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photographer : Parkhouse/Bardagi
The Castor Des Érables Development in Montréal
Charlebois Lake House, Ste-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, north of Montreal, Québec
Architects: Paul Bernier Architecte
photographer : James Brittain
House in Ste-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson
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