La Maison Symphonique

The new home of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra was erected in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles is on the esplanade of Place des Arts at the corner of de Maisonneuve and rue Saint-Urbain.

Responding to the highest international standards in acoustics, board development, and architecture, the new acoustic concert hall was built around the concept shoe box. This model is favored by managers of the best acoustic concert halls in the world. The rectangular model shoe box is distinguished among others by its long and narrow spaces corresponding geometric proportions.

The model shoe box has no backstage or pit, or unnecessary physical facilities on which sound waves can bounce. For this reason, the room is not designed to meet the needs of theater performances, dance, ballet or opera with sets. The auditorium itself — 21 meters high, 50 meters long, and 25 meters wide — allows sound to be projected in all its dimensions, thereby further enhancing privacy and reaching the sound quality.

  • Client: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Arch. of Record: Aedifica
  • Completion Year: 2012
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • Acoustician: SoundSpace Design
  • Capacity: 1,900 seats

  • 2013 Wood Works Quebec Cecobois – Mention
  • 2012 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence
  • 2011 Gold Award The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
  • Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships
  • 2011 Grands Prix du Design Awards, Wood Promotion
  • Interior Design Award
  • 2011 FRAME Award of Excellence Quebec Institute of Reinforcing Steel
  • 2011 Award of Excellence, Commercial / Institutional
  • Category Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Quebec Chapter

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