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Musee Stewart Du Fort De L’Ile Ste-Helene Addition, Montreal, Canada

Thursday 02 Feb 2012

Elevating accessibility to an art form

All image: Steve Montpetit 
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09/02/12 Robert, Missisauga
Great project and great pictures.

I saw the Stewart Museum located inside an arsenal. it is part of the British Fortified Depot of Saint-Helen's Island.

I visited on February 4th 2012 and took part in their winter activities that they offer at the Stewart Museum. I played curling and did some snowshoeing. I visited the exhibition History and Memory and learned a lot. Their guides are fantastic and relly knowwhat they are talking about. This modern elevator is a great addition to an historical building (IT IS NOT A FORT). The island and the british fortiied depot was cited, in September 2007, as a "patrimoine québécois".

I would recommend to everyone to see and visit this great place. it is a hidden treasure that needs to be uncovered. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, year round, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you!

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Glinting addition to Musee Stewart Du Fort De L’Ile Ste-Helene completed by Les Architectes Fabg in Montreal 

Dealing with life safety issues and accessibility requirements in old buildings comes with the territory of being an architect. But the way architects choose to address such things is typically perfunctory and rarely on the level of high art, unless, of course, they bring something special to the mix.

At the Stewart Museum in Montreal, a former weapons arsenal of 1820s vintage that was converted to a military museum in 1956, Canadian architect, Les Architectes Fabg, designed a new glass stair tower and elevator that raises the design bar for dealing with accessibility in historic buildings.

The project provides for a new elevator in the courtyard and an architectural staircase to improve universal accessibility and the circulation through the museum’s three levels. The elevator is covered with mirrors, creating the effect of a ‘kaleidoscope’ that binds the new construction to its historical context.

Completed in May 2011, the project costs $7m Canadian and includes, in addition to the two elements here, upgrades to the building’s mechanical and electrical and life safety systems.

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