The CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s team is proud to share that the Passerelle at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) is the winner of a 2017 AZ Award for Best Lighting Installation. The copper bridge was also recognized as the People’s Choice winner in the same category.

The Passerelle is designed as a floating lantern, connecting the CHUM to a neighboring diagnostics building.  To create a sense of architectural lightness, the primary structural beams are concealed above, with the floor, frame and façades all seemingly suspended in air. The entire  structure is then wrapped in a series of sculpturally formed stainless steel ribs, clad with curved perforated copper panels.

The illuminated copper shroud’s perforation pattern was derived from an iterative prototyping process of parametric design to express a symbolic arched gateway that maximizes openness at its base. The nearly 200,000 perforations in the 3mm thick copper panels create a cloud of luminous rings that reflect the sun’s light during the day, but at night, filter the light emanating from within the structure to create a dramatic floating arch.

Azure’s seventh annual AZ Awards competition recognizes today’s leading work in global architecture and design. This year’s competition received 813 submissions from 41 countries, which was then narrowed down to a shortlist of 70 finalists in March. All winners and finalists are featured in Azure’s annual awards issue, on newsstands June 29 and online July 3.

See the full list of AZ Award winners >