September 25 2014
The Ville de Montreal and the SHDM welcome the NFB
The Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM) will soon proudly welcome the National Film Board (NFB) in the Îlot Balmoral, a landmark building overlooking Place des Festivals in the Quartier des spectacles. Confirmed yesterday by Canadian Heritage, this announcement is another step in the development of this ambitious project implemented by the SHDM (land owner and developer) with the support of Ville de Montréal.
Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, said: "The Quartier des spectacles is a global project, which encompasses all the arts. The NFB is a flagship of our film industry and I am proud to finalize our Place des Festivals by including the seventh art. This building, with its remarkable architectural concept, is one of the major projects that we sought to mark the 375th anniversary of Montréal, a city of culture and modernity. In carrying out this project, the SHDM meets its mission of enhancing the Montréal area and supporting cultural endeavours. "
Johanne Goulet, SHDM General Manager added: "Îlot Balmoral is a major project. From the beginning, we have striven to offer the Quartier des spectacles a building that is not only a landmark from an architectural point of view, but that is also significant for the cultural community. With the dramatic concept of Provencher Roy and facilities tailored for the NFB’s activities, the SHDM is especially proud to be the developer. It is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome the NFB. "
Located next to Place des Festivals in the Quartier des spectacles on land bounded by Maisonneuve Boulevard and De Bleury, Mayor and Balmoral streets and already owned by SHDM, the Îlot Balmoral project involves the construction of a building of up to 13 floors. The NFB will occupy the first four floors of the building in premises with an area of approximately 100,000 ft2.
The architectural concept developed by the Provencher Roy firm provides for the four facades to be constructed as "curtain walls" of glass overlooking the Place des Festivals, Mount Royal and downtown. Composed of a basilaire and a tower, the building will have a lobby crossing from Bleury Street to the Place des Festivals.
Sketches of the architectural concept are available upon request.
Source: Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM)
Information: Leslie Molko, SHDM spokesperson, 514 347-8584
Isabelle Poulin, Public Relations Officer, Ville de Montréal, 514 868-3888
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