Our Gus Lima is set to co-present the Centre hospitalier de l’universite de Montreal (CHUM) project with Azad Chichmanian of NEUF Architect(e)s at this month’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin, Germany. This past July, the WAF selected the CHUM as a finalist in four award categories, including:
- Health – Completed Buildings
- New and Old – Completed Buildings
- Display – Completed Buildings
- INSIDE – Health and Education (for interiors)
All shortlisted projects are presented live to a jury that then selects a winner in each category and ultimately name one project the World Building of the Year. Lima and Chichmanian will team on these presentations to share how CHUM is reshaping healthcare delivery and urban design in Montreal.
Occupying two full blocks in the heart of downtown Montreal, the CHUM is the largest healthcare construction project currently being built in North America. Born from the merger of three hospitals, CHUM replaces outdated facilities and brings these entities together in a single-site institution. The CHUM’s scale — 3 million sf, 20 stories, 772 patient rooms, 442 exam rooms — makes it groundbreaking in many ways. But equally impressive is the way it blurs the lines among health, community and culture. Located in a once neglected part of downtown Montreal, the CHUM is catalyzing urban renewal, reconnecting two culturally rich parts of downtown, employing a public space design strategy, implementing one of Montreal’s largest public art programs, and introducing a dynamic destination known as Montreal’s new health district.
Now in its tenth year, the WAF awards program is the largest of its kind in the world, recognizing built and unbuilt projects across 32 categories.