As a future repository for PHI’s legacy, PHI Contemporary will be a new and permanent space to consolidate, extend and intersect PHI’s cultural offer, its communities, and the public life of the city.
Located in Old Montreal, and built upon a site rife with history – comprising an assemblage of four historical buildings and an adjacent vacant lot – PHI Contemporary will consolidate the public cultural offer currently housed within PHI Foundation and PHI Centre. The 6 900 m² / 74 000 ft² project will house exhibition spaces, a network of new media galleries, mediation, research and studio spaces, and an expansive public domain.
The projected construction budget is CAN$47,280,000, excluding taxes and inflation.
Architectural interests and challenges
The project should be conceived as an architectural whole, wherein diversity is celebrated but the design solution is clear and unified;
The architecture must project into the future and consider the next generation of visitors as a key user group;
The project should respond to the site (and its heritage buildings) through both an architectural and urban lens;
The heritage of the site should be understood through its legacies and potential, and the architectural proposal should respond in kind;
The project should celebrate the outdoors and the urban context – through daylighting, views, spaces and access points;
Expansive sustainability considerations should be integral to the design process (and be evident in its final form through the building’s performance, not its appearance).
PHI is pleased to announce the launch of an international architectural competition for the design of PHI Contemporary – a 6 900 m² / 74 000 ft² cultural institution in Old Montreal, dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture.
Participants will be remunerated for stages 1, 2 and 3 of the competition, as follows:
Call for candidature: No fees or remuneration will be issued in connection with the call for candidature stage.
Stage 1: CAN$65,000
Stage 2: CAN$200,000
Stage 3: CAN$75,000 + CAN$75,000 for the multidisciplinary team’s participation in this stage