We’re excited to announce — in conjunction with our partner firm, NEUF architect(e)s — that the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) has won the Popular Choice Award in the Hospitality category of the Architizer A+ Awards. The awards program recognizes design excellence in more than 115 categories. According to Architizer, winners “represent the best of architecture and design worldwide.”
The CHUM, located at the heart of Montreal’s new health district, is the largest health infrastructure project underway in North America, and arguably the only health project in the world of this scale being built on such a highly constrained site. It consolidates Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal (the second-oldest hospital in North America built in 1861), Notre-Dame (built in 1924) and Saint-Luc (built in 1928) into one community of right-sized buildings, each designed with its own parameters of excellence.
The complex responds to its urban setting by presenting buildings that vary in scale and articulation, but maintain a common language of related materials and façade strategies. A “three towers” concept allows for a massing that is sympathetic to the neighborhood and identifiable in form and character from key vantage points within the city. The creation of clear and powerful public and green spaces, in addition to the careful integration of art and architectural artifacts, contribute to the hospital’s role as a civic neighbor.
Here’s a quick look at a few of the features that make the CHUM so special:
- Prior to the new complex, the site housed the Church of Saint-Sauveur — built in 1865 and abandoned for more than a decade; the Garth House — built in 1871; and the Hôpital Saint-Luc — one of the three existing hospitals being absorbed into the new CHUM. To preserve the legacy of the site, the steeple from the Church of Saint-Sauveur was preserved and incorporated as an entrance within a public plaza and two façades of the Garth House are integrated into the main public lobby.
- Each of the 772 patient rooms are single-bed and provide ample accommodations for family, considered key contributors in the healing process. The verticality of the building allows occupants to gain breathtaking views of the city, and many patient rooms and public areas overlook rooftops gardens that recall medicinal herbs dating from the founding of New France.
- To improve the wellbeing of both staff and patients, the interior public spaces were designed along a continuous device of spatial integration, clearly defining circulation cores, reception areas and waiting areas as reference points in the broader understanding of the building. Feature stairs add to this concept by marking a syntax for the intersection points where the users need to be aware of circulation routes.
- To streamline operations, 70 automated guided vehicles will deliver supplies throughout the complex, and a network of pneumatic tubes will deliver samples, medication and supplies just in time.
- In total, the CHUM will have 13 large-scale works incorporated into the design (totaling more than $3 million USD)—the largest in Montreal’s public art program’s history and the largest concentration of public art since Expo 67.
- An enclosed bridge connects the CHUM to its neighboring research center, acting as a conduit for collaboration between researchers and clinicians. The concentration of expertise and the volume of activities offered within the CHUM will ensure patients have access to the latest medical breakthroughs.
More about the Architizer A+ Awards
The Architizer A+ Awards is the definitive architectural award program with 115+ categories and over 300 jurors. For each category, two awards are given: a Juror’s Award and a Popular Choice Award. The jury consists of industry luminaries such as Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity) and Barry Bergdoll (MoMA). The Popular Choice Award is determined by public voting.