Campus1 Montreal, University, QC Project, Collage Building, Canadian Architecture Photos
Institutional Interior Development, QC, Canada – design by Diamond Schmitt Architects
20 Mar 2019
Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Campus1 Montreal has opened near McGill University. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the former hotel has been transformed to support an excellent student residence and learning environments with a range of amenities and fully furnished suites. It is the latest project developed by Knightstone Capital Management for the fast-growing sector of privately run student living on campuses across Canada.
“The adaptive re-use of this 19-storey concrete structure is designed for a sense of community and social engagement,” said Gary Watson, project architect and senior associate with Diamond Schmitt Architects.
The spacious entry features a comfortable seating niche defined by bold colour patterns and a strong linear ceiling treatment that draws students into the space. Two main routes encourage maximum interaction among students with casual “touch down” areas interspersed with active space and study areas.
A multi-tiered “mountain” casual gathering space pulls the entire ground floor together and takes inspiration from Mount Royal, which rises above the downtown campus. Student services are located at the crossroads between the main circulation and elevator banks, further promoting opportunity for encounter. The dining hall is positioned at the rear and acts as an anchor, drawing students from the entrance, lounges and tower elevators.
“In this way, the design integrates programmed and unprogrammed space, which allows students to make the residence their own,” said Bryan Chartier, Director of Interior Design at Diamond Schmitt. In addition to a collaborative media module, study room and classroom, the main floor also has a café and games room, setting the stage for work and play. Recreational amenities on the second floor include a basketball court, weight and cardio room, and yoga studio.
Each floor is marked with strong graphics at the elevator banks and has a variety of bedroom configurations. Common-use amenities differ from floor to floor to encourage inter-floor socialization and include study and classrooms, movie theatres, games and meditation rooms and common kitchens and lounges.
“As workplace environments become more like university campuses and universities become more like workplace environments, student housing can play a big role in preparing students with the tools and environments they need for ‘real world’ conditions,” added Chartier.
Diamond Schmitt Architects has designed award-winning student residences for Knightstone Capital Management including Parkside Residence, Campus1 and Centennial Place in Toronto, and has other projects in design development.
With offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City, Diamond Schmitt’s portfolio includes post-secondary facilities, performing arts centres, residential, institutional and commercial buildings. Among current projects are Ottawa’s main library and Library and Archives Canada; Robarts Common at the University of Toronto, and Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences in Texas.
Campus1 Montreal – Building Information
Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Developer: Knightstone Capital Management
Photographer: James Brittain Photography
Campus1 Montreal images / information received 200319
Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
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