Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) is about to undergo major renovations and will look completely different very soon! The MAC announced the news Monday morning, revealing that two Quebec architect firms will take charge of the project: Saucier+Perrotte Architectes and GLCRM & associés Architectes.
The project will expand on the current building, adding large open spaces with lots of windows, as well as rooftop vegetation.
The new MAC will adopt a resolutely contemporary expression of openness, transparency and a sculptural approach adapted to its unique urban context.
In architectural renderings released by the MAC, it’s clear how the structure will control the amount of natural light to enhance the visitor’s experience. The high ceilings coupled with ingenious angles in the windows will filter out just enough light while making the experience luminous and soothing.
On the ground floor, the museum will shine through its transparency and the animation of its public spaces, namely the lobby, reception and boutique. At the Esplanade level, the project features a complex whose proportions and architectural expression will fit in seamlessly with neighbouring buildings. Indeed, the upper section will be composed of an envelope of folded metal blades revealing the interior spaces at times and filtering natural light.
Starting in January 2019, the MAC will be closed for work to commence. However, expect a temporary MAC to open in the spring of 2019 (exact location TBD).
Check out the beautiful new design in the official photos released Monday! Click below to see what the new MAC will look like: