The entry from Ruccolo + Faubert Architectes & Ni conception architecture has been announced as the winner of an urban design competition in Montreal. The Plage de l’Est competition looks to bring a vacant site on the St. Lawrence River back to life through community enjoyment with the repurposing of the waterfront spaces with interactive facilities.
The winning proposal suggests a continuous boardwalk that stretches from the entrance to the beach site through a variety of public amenities, such as beach and water-based sports. The walkway arches up over the roof of a service building in the centre and follows the existing contours of the site, with new viewpoints afforded by a newly-created observation point. Plans also include courts for badminton and a skating rink.
Manon Gauthier, Ville de Montréal Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design, Space for Life and the Status of Women said: “The Plage de l’Est beach will be a new, shared natural treasure worthy of our status as a UNESCO City of Design. This project is exemplary in that it opens up many more urban planning perspectives and applications for our city, inspired by the recognition and responsibilities that come with that designation.”