May 31, 2010
Slideshow: Palais des Congrès - by Saia Barbarese Topouzanov Architects - Montreal, Canada
Un unheralded firm from Montreal redesigned the Palais des Congrès, a convention center in Montreal, a few years ago. Their bold design has completely transformed the building turning a drab concrete structure into a colorful mosaic of glass. The new facade gives a new face to the complex and has sparked the redevelopment of an overlooked part of the city. The interior is a grand flowing space with a stone floor. As one moves down the concourse the light streaming in through the colored glass facades alters the mood of the space. It is a really outlandish design that somehow seems to work and fits into the context of the surrounding city.