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Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM, Montreal, Québec

Sports Complex Development Canada – design by Saucier + Perrotte / HCM Architects

5 Feb 2012

Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM Montreal

Location: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Design: Saucier + Perrotte / Hughes Condon Marler Architects

Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM Montreal Sports Complex
images : Saucier + Perrotte

Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM (Complexe environnemental de St-Michel)

On the site of the former Miron quarry and a future Ecological Park, the new Centre de Soccer intérieur emerges from the park’s artificial topography as a layer of mineral stratum recalling the geological nature of the site. The mineral stratum is articulated by a continuous roof which cantilevers over the entry plaza and folds down over the interior soccer field.

It extends to the ground to become the spectator seating for the outdoor field in the next project phase. To ensure the unity of the soccer centre over different programs and construction phases, the stratum appears as a single gesture with laminated wood structure supporting the roof. The roof’s crossing beams form a seemingly arbitrary lattice suspended over the entire site.

Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM Montreal Soccer Centre
sketches : Gilles Saucier

Along Papineau Avenue, the architecture adapts to the existing landscape by embedding its supporting functions within the berm. This integration accommodates an elevated pedestrian path as well as preserves the existing trees. A subsequent series of crystals emerge from the augmented landscape to provide daylight and views for the administrative and public spaces behind.

A large crystal box which contains the main lobby emerges from the terrain’s southeast end, signalling the entrance of the soccer centre. Despite the magnitude of the program, the series of structural louvers that compose the facade succeeds in retaining a human scale and the natural context for the adjacent residents.

The programmatic elements are organized efficiently by taking advantage of the linearity of the site, as well as considering the program associations and usages of players, spectators and park visitors. The transparency of the building also promotes a sense of openness while maintaining a passive surveillance for the site. The design attempts to eliminate blind spots to ensure the safety of its users while promoting an inviting atmosphere for soccer enthusiast and the community alike.

Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM Montreal Quebec Soccer Centre
images : Saucier + Perrotte

Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM Montreal – Building Information

Architects: Saucier + Perrotte architectes / Hughes Condon Marler Architects
Gilles Saucier (Lead Design Architect), André Perrotte (Principal-in-Charge), Darryl Condon, Trevor Davies, Michael Henderson, Lia Ruccolo, Patrice Bégin, Charles-Alexandre Dubois, Leslie Lok, Yutaro Minagawa, Vedanta Balbahadur, Marc-André Tratch

Project Name: Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM (Complexe environnemental de St-Michel)
Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Program: interior soccer field, bleachers, administrative offices, locker rooms, training room, multipurpose room, cafeteria

Site Area: 37 400 ㎡
Bldg. Area: 11 000 ㎡
Gross Floor Area: 12 600 ㎡
Design year: 2011
Completion year: 2014 (expected completion date)



12 Dec 2011

Saucier + Perrotte / Hughes Condon Marler Architects has been selected as the winner of the competition for the new Soccer Complex of St-Michel.

Earlier this year, the same team was chosen as the competition winner of the St. Laurent Sports Complex (CSSL).


Centre de soccer intérieur au CESM, Montréal

Montreal, June 10, 2011 – The Ville de Montréal is holding a two-stage architectural competition for the purpose of constructing a soccer complex, including a building (the Indoor Soccer Centre) in the sports area of the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC).

Purpose of the competition

For the last 15 years, the Ville has been in the process converting the former Miron quarry and landfill site into a major urban park. The development master plan calls for sports facilities to be concentrated along Avenue Papineau, where the TAZ skate park.

The Ville plans to build a covered stadium with stands (1,000 seats) and, at a later stage, an outdoor playing field.

The architectural vision shall clearly reflect the intended use of the building as well as its ecological objectives. Harmoniously integrated with the park of the SMEC, the building is intended as a model of sustainable development, targeting the LEED-NC “Gold” certification.

Type of competition

This competition is open and will be run in two stages.

Stage 1 – Call for proposals:
All contestants are asked to register and submit their proposals in response to the architectural program that has been set out. The jury will select four proposals; those submitting these proposals will then be asked to take part in Stage 2 as finalists on the basis of the proposed option. This first stage is anonymous and unremunerated.

Stage 2 – Provision of plans:
This stage consists of presenting a concept/sketch and a team. During this stage, the submission must include a summary file describing the make-up of the team and the experience of its members, as well as the individuals, companies or other entities joining the finalist in setting out a plan, as the case may be. The team must include a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specialist.


The competition is limited to architects, architectural firms and groups of architects who have had a place of business in Québec for at least three years.


The jury, with the chair designated by its members, consists of 10 voting members. The members are (in alphabetical order):

◦Jean-Claude Boisvert, architect
◦Johanne Derome, director, Direction des sports, Ville de Montréal
◦Isabel Hérault, architect, Hérault Arnod achitectes
◦Peter Jacobs, landscape architect, full professor, École d’architecture de paysage, Université de Montréal
◦Antonin Labossière, architect, Rayside Labossière architectes (substitute)
◦Rémy-Paul Laporte, architect, project manager, Direction des stratégies et transactions immobilières, Ville de Montréal
◦Marc Letellier, architect, Gagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Ricard, Mathieu et associés, architectes
◦Francis Millien, representative of the soccer community and sports analyst
◦Jacques Plante, architect and professor, École d’architecture, Université Laval
◦Ron Rayside, architect, Rayside Labossière architectes
◦Michel Rose, engineer, director, Direction des ressources financières et matérielles, Polytechnique Montréal (Stage 2 only)


The competition documents (rules and program) may be obtained on the SEAO electronic bidding system from June 9, 2011, to July 7, 2011.


Entrants must register with Louise Amiot, the competition’s professional advisor. The registration form, included with the rules, must be returned to the professional advisor no later than July 7, 2011.

Place of submission and deadline

Proposals must be received by 11 a.m. on July 20, 2011, at the following address:

SMEC Soccer Complex Architecture Competition
c/o Pierre L’Allier
Direction de l’approvisionnement
Ville de Montréal
9515 Rue St-Hubert
Montréal, Québec
H2M 1Z4

For more information: www.mtlunescodesign.com

Source: www.v2com.biz

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