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Place Ville Marie – Revitalization of Place Ville Marie

Montréal, Québec

Photo credits : Vincent Brière


Ivanhoé Cambridge

Type of use

Commercial spaces

Year of construction


Work type

Rehabilitation of existing buildings


17 370 m²

The Place Ville Marie revitalization project is the firm’s latest project within this real estate complex, above which stands 1 PVM, Montreal’s iconic 47-storey cross-shaped tower. This project included the redevelopment of the shopping mall and esplanade, the construction of a monumental staircase, as well as the construction of a unique structural glass pavilion.

As the project’s main attraction, this pavilion made entirely of glass is composed of 18 glass beams 900 mm high and 15 metres long, supporting 15 glass panels 2.5 metres wide by 15 metres long. At the south entrance of the pavilion, two glass beams with a 4.6-metre-long cantilever are used to allow the glass roof to protrude over this entrance. A total of 190 tonnes of glass (or $13.4 million worth of glass) were used to build the glass structure. With its 15-metre-spans and a main glass structural system installed in a northern climate, this pavilion has become a magnet for the restoration industry.

These major interventions, which modernized and revitalized the shopping mall, were awarded the Global Best Project Award by Engineering News Record.