McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Objectives: The purpose of this project is twofold: first, to allow the participants to develop a spatial sense and the awareness of various design strategies; second, to provide the participants with the opportunity to explore the fascinating relationship of construction and the tectonic aspects of design.
Site: The project will be located on a triangular lot on the Lachine Canal off the Rue des Seigneurs. Its limits are that street , an arm of the canal , which runs West to East on the North, and the bicycle path that runs along the North side of the canal.
The Collection: Each one of the members of the studio will be responsible for researching and conceiving the collection that the pavilion will house.
Site Requirements: The building will be an opportunity to develop a landscape attitude and a design solution, which respond to the inherent qualities of the place and enhance them.
Introduction to my Brand:
I started a Bow Tie brand about 5 months ago called RedMinded. For now, there’s just one collection made of 4 Bow Ties called New Dandy. Accessories for men are like details that reflect the personality and true character of a person. So in order to fulfill this concept, I’ve tried to give each one of my Bows a true character, with its own history, personality and ambiance. I am trying to change the image that we have of Bow Ties as a luxurious ornament into an everyday casual style.
When I first started designing the pavilion, I started to look up the history of the site. And I came across an article that explained that the city of Montreal actually invested more than a half of a million dollars into the preservation and the restoration of this archaeological site that is “la pointe des seigneurs”. I than found old plans of the plants that used to exist there and that are more than a 130 years old. I than used these plans to start designing. I reinterpreted and simplified them, in other words I tried to recycle them by imagining what could have the plants looked like. The general outline seemed to be pointing at the middle of the Lachine canal, which was the main actor during the industrial age of Montreal. I tried to emphasize this image by directing my project towards it.
The actual building:
In order to get to the pavilion, the public has to take the catwalk. This architectural promenade or fashion show is a sort of staged procession towards the actual pavilion.
Daniel Libeskind explains that in history, certain moments cut the natural course and flow of time and can change the way you understand and see the past. The abandoned site forgot about its own history when trucks became a cheaper transportation method than boats. The way the catwalk cuts the pavilion in two could remind us of the abrupt change. The cut is therefore radical, and the 2 born facades are in glass.
Like Sullivan, my approach when designing the pavilion was to consider the building as if it were a human body. The first level made out of a brick facing emphasizing the old foundation plans, the use of brick also reminds us of the building history of Montreal. The body of the building is made out of concrete with steel beam reinforcements. And last, there is the roof terrace.
The staircase that twirls all around the building reveals its true nature. They act as zippers that show not only the inside but also the structure (the steel beam reinforcements). They are transitional spaces carved inside the walls where the public turns around the pavilion.
This Bow Tie pavilion is a reminder of the past making the site a memorable place, a true RedMinder.
Status: School Project
Location: Pointe des Seigneurs, Canal LaChine, Montréal