Bellechasse Transport Centre

Streamlined, sustainable and citizen-focused

  • Client

    Société de transport de Montréal

  • Location

    Montreal, Québec

  • Year

    Ongoing

  • Expersises

    Architecture, Landsapce architecture, Sustainability, Urban Design

Architecture that reflects the STM's image and emphasizes the citizen component

  • Lemay Architecture -  STM Bellechasse
Lemay Architecture -  STM Bellechasse

This building is exceptional in its finely honed and curvilinear design that minimizes the impact of its own presence and future operations on a densely populated neighbourhood as it promotes practicality and functionality. It ultimately enhances the urban context, promoting walking and discovery while reducing environmental impact.

The multi-storeyed, underground transport centre is topped by a vegetated platform that has the effect of greening the surrounding area, transforming it into a vast greenspace accessible to all.

  • Lemay Architecture -  STM Bellechasse
  • Lemay Architecture -  STM Bellechasse
Lemay Architecture -  STM Bellechasse

The project stands out both for its innovative and bold approach to urban integration, and for the originality of the concept, which is based on four elements:

1. The shape: in line with the urban features along the railway route, the shape of the building draws its energy from the spiral and becomes a circular volume, a nod to the dynamics of the neighbourhood, imbuing the project with a singular character;

2. The plane: the project’s unified gesture, a roof that also functions as a large public square. It reaches out toward the surrounding residential area as it connects to the railway-adjacent linear park to the south;

3. The spiral: the root of the project, the spiral deployed becomes the internal bus traffic ramps, defining the building’s overall geometry;

4. The footprint: a bold strategy, a program integrated largely underground, across the entire site, minimizing the impact and countering the negative perceptions that usually result from the introduction of such a massive building, within the given context.

  • Lemay Architecture -  STM Bellechasse
Lemay Architecture -  STM Bellechasse

A project that surpasses expectations and obliterates preconceived notions

The result of a sustainable development approach, this project is aiming for LEED GOLD v4 certification. The centre will also promote green transport when it eventually supports the operation of a 100% electric bus fleet.