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Pavillon de la Paix – MBAM

Montréal, Québec

2018 Governor General's Medal in Architecture

Photo credits : Vincent Brière


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Type of use


Number of floors


Year of construction


Work type

New building


4 000 m²


24 M$

The Michal and Renata Horstein Peace Pavilion is the fifth building of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This building has a surface area of 4,000 m² on 6 levels, 4 of which are exhibition rooms with a width of 13 m and a floor capacity of 7.2 kPa. A cantilevered flying staircase provides a link between the exhibition rooms.

This project presented several challenges, including the need to excavate to a depth of more than 1 metre deep into the rock in order to accommodate a deep basement and high-capacity foundations. A flying staircase was created using a column hidden in the side wall, while creating 4 metre overhangs. The building’s upper volume, cantilevered out from the lower volume, was also one of the many challenges of the construction.

For this project, NCK provided complete structural engineering consulting services.