On Monday, April 9, Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) unveiled the winning project of the architectural competition that it announced in June of 2017.
The winning project and design of the new museum was the proposal of Saucier+Perrotte Architects and GLCRM & Associates Architects, who captured top honours in the competition.
The new proposal, which was selected unanimously by the jury, was described by MAC as a design “that is fully coherent with the Museum’s raison d’être.”
Some of the features of MAC’s new design include:
- An almost 100% increase in exhibition spaces and rooms.
- Three new exhibition rooms.
- New and expanded educational spaces.
- A completely revamped exterior, from expending the main entrance and second floor.
- New space for the Restaurant du MAC, which includes an outdoor terrace on the second floor.
- New spaces for the MAC Boutique, including a coffee shop and a bookstore.
The new museum is expected to open and operating by the end of 2021. A preliminary timeline so far is as follows:
- April 2018: Start of architects’ mandate.
- January 2019: Closure of MAC on St. Catherine St.
- Spring 2019: Opening a temporary museum location.
- Summer 2019: Construction begins on the new building.
- Fall 2021: Opening of the new MAC.
The museum ensured that between closing and reopening, a location for a temporary MAC will be found. The location and exact dates are still to follow.