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Vertical community with hive design creates a buzz

“This project demonstrates a real and energised approach to a true mixed-use programme,” Hazel Porter, Judge.

Project: Humaniti

Award: Mixed Use, Silver, 2022

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Architect: Lemay 

Client: Cogir 

The Humaniti complex, set on the edge of Old Montreal, is designed to be a complete vertical community, featuring commercial space, office space, a 193-room hotel and a residential tower with 314 rental units and 150 condominiums. The building’s five-storey underground car park includes electric vehicle charging stations, a car sharing service and space for bicycle storage. 
The mixed-use experience starts at the ground level’s plaza of public art and leads up to its uppermost heights where visitors can enjoy views to the nearby seaway and mountains. Its interiors feature works of art, abundant natural light, ample social and public spaces, and prioritise ease of access to fitness facilities to create the feeling of a city-within-a-city.

Design highlights
The larger of its two towers, designed to resemble a beehive, reinforces the vertical city concept. Its well-defined groupings of condos and apartments evoke a smaller, community feel while accommodating hundreds of dwellings. Many of these units share balconies to promote interaction and dialogue between residents and visitors. 
Humaniti was awarded a LEED certification as well as a Silver level WELL certification for its rental apartments - the first residential project to do so in Canada - thanks to meeting stringent air and water quality criteria, the application of smart anti-glare lighting systems, promoting physical activity and the incorporation of inspiring artworks.

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Photo Credit: Adrien Williams

  • DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Andrew King 
    PROJECT DIRECTOR: Michel Aubé  
    ARCHITECTS: Valentin Guirao, Jeffrey Ma, Natalie Tornatora, Emanuel Cyr, Waldo Ofarill

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