Although fundamentally purposed for hosting events for large groups of people, the Palais des congrès de Montréal is also filled with architectural elements, works of art and one-of-a-kind spots that keep catching the eye of photographers and Instagramers. Here’s a sample…
Colourful glass exterior
Inside and out, sunny or cloudy, the Palais’ surround glass wall of 390 panels projecting 5 separate colours is a delightful sight for passers-by. Ever notice the building’s metal frame? Take a minute to stop by Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle and admire La Joute, and to also discover Translucide, a piece by Jean-François Cantin weaved into the Palais’ façade.
This “garden” imagined by Claude Cormier et associés is by far one of the most noticeable spots in all of the Palais. A forest lined with 52 pink-coloured trees made of concrete. So Montréal, UNESCO City of Design!
Viger Hall and its surroundings
The main entrance-way greeting event-goers, and the gateway to the Palais’ upper levels, Viger Hall’s visual appeal lies in the abundant natural light that flows through it and Micheline Beauchemin’s Ailes couleur du temps, nuage de soleil, a work of art made up of 7,000 polished silver aluminum rods. There’s a lounge area a few steps away, whose lighting and décor have inspired some amazing photographs. And each year in May, when the crab apple trees are in bloom, the Palais esplanade becomes a veritable urban oasis.
A little-known gem
At the corner of Saint-Antoine and Saint-Urbain, stands a work by Charles Deaudelin titled Éolienne V, a “mobile” that turns whichever way the wind blows, thanks to pivoting stainless steel rods that are six metres long and anchored onto pivot absorbers. A corner of Montréal worth rediscovering!
The underground city
Also known as the underground pedestrian network, and stretching 32 km, Montréal’s underground city has a few surprises in store for photographers looking for unusual spots. The passageway between the Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Jacques-Parizeau building is a fine example of this!
The Palais has a webpage dedicated to its works of public art. Check it out.