Building as grand as nature


Guided by the dedication and know-how of Canada's largest natural science museum complex, the three award-winning architecture projects in the Montréal Space for Life Contest, launched last February, are organic works inspired by science, art and the emotions. They reflect a symbiosis between nature, architecture and museography.

Combining high environmental standards with aesthetics, the ambitious winning projects were Biodôme Migration, The Insectarium’s Metamorphosis and Glass Pavilion at the Botanical Garden. They each aim to reconnect man with nature and make Montréal a world pioneer in terms of supporting biodiversity.

The Biodôme Migration project is a bequest for the 375th anniversary of Montréal. Its construction will begin in 2016 and will feature a series of delicate curvilinear walls to be used as a screen for innovative and interactive stage visuals. A network of footbridges as well as a café overlooking the enlarged and refurbished sub-polar ecosystem will complete this new and moving museum experience.



Biodôme Migration

AZPML / KANVA / NEUF architect(e)s / Bouthillette Parizeau / NCK

The Insectarium’s Metamorphosis 

Kuehn Malvezzi / Pelletier De Fontenay / Jodoin Lamarre Pratte / Dupras Ledoux / NCK

Glass Pavilion at the Botanical Garden 

Lacaton & Vassal / Frédéric Druot / FABG / SNC Lavalin Paris - Montréal