New Montréal Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

Sponsor: City of Montréal, Rio Tinto Alcan

Type: International, RfP, 2-stage (Five finalists will be selected from anonymous first stage) In phase 2, the finalists will form multidisciplinary teams to develop and fine tune their concepts and submit them to the same jury. The winning team

will be announced next spring.

Eligibility: Registered architects

Language: French


11 December 2008 – Submission deadline for first stage proposals


The new Planetarium, with a gross surface area of roughly 8,000 m², will be

built on the Olympic Park site, next to the Biodôme, and will have to meet

LEED platinum standards.


The jury members are Nils Larsson, architect and Director of iiSBE

(International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environment); Lise Anne

Couture, architect with Asymptote, a New York firm; Marc Boutin, architect

and Associate Professor at the University of Calgary; Stéphane Roy, set

designer for Cirque du Soleil; Luc Courchesne, Professor,

Faculty of Environmental Design at the Université de Montréal; Maya Raic,

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Olympic Installations Board; Louise

Bédard, architect with Stoa architecture; Pierre Lacombe, Director of the

Planetarium; and Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Director of Montréal’s Nature


Anyone wishing to enter the competition must register. Only submissions

from parties who have obtained the free RFP documents from the Direction de

l’approvisionnement will be considered (documents are in French only).

To enter, contact:

The Direction de l’approvisionnement du Service des affaires corporatives

9515, rue Saint-Hubert, Montréal, Quebec, H2M 1Z4.

Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Candidates may submit questions in writing to the Professional Advisor for

the competition, architect Louise Amiot,

by fax (418 692-5447)

or e-mail:(