The Espace Culturel Georges-Émile Lapalme, Place Des Arts- located in Montreal, Quebec and designed by Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architectes, is an arts centre that embodies much of what art is in general. It is a home to a multitude of differing media and instances. I’ll define instances as architectural media or media made architecture. Instances are those things that you look at and can’t decide- don’t want to decide- if it’s intentional art or architecture, or architecture intentionally made as art.

Courtesy of Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architectes

The re-imagining and re-defining of the Place Des Arts is set into a hill which it itself creates. Stairs step up one side ‘geographically’ like a laser-cut topo model, and up the back as normal stairs, creating a vantage point for city-goers to observe from. Within, spaces have been created and/or redistributed. Throughout the interior spaces, a lighting and audiovisual system is employed on floors, walls, and ceiling in order to fully, sensually envelope visitors.

Courtesy of Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architectes

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