A cultural hub soon in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce


The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre, in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, will house the new Benny Library, a 208-seat multipurpose hall for holding shows, and an exhibition space which bears the name of the dancer Iro Tembeck.

The team composed of architectural firms Atelier Big City, Fichten Soiferman et associés and L’ŒUF proposed a light-filled, L-shaped common space opening onto an interior garden court that can be transformed into a performance venue under the stars. The library is laid out like a big public living room where all its users will be able to mix in a friendly atmosphere. The project has already received the 2012 Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine.

With his work Chromazone, artist and architect Hal Ingberg will offer visitors a unique perceptual experience through the medium of glass. The work will be installed on the ground floor of the Cultural Centre and will create spectacular iridescent effects by breaking down ambient light as it changes through the course of the day.

Continuing in the spirit of the Benny Farm neighbourhood, home to a rich community life, the centre will open its doors in spring 2015.