Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec Competition

Sponsor: MNBAQ

Type: open, international, 2-stage

Language: communication and correspondence in English and French; all contractual documents and presentations must be in French.

Eligibility: licensed architects and architectural firms

175,000CAD – to each competitor who presents a conceptual proposal to conform to the requirements of contractual documents
25,000CAD – to 10 teams not selected to continue to stage 2

17 July, 2009 – registration deadline
21 August, 2009 – submission deadline
4 September, 2009 – jury choices are announced
6 November, 2009 – deadline for stage 1 proposals
5 February, 2010 – deadline for stage 2 proposals
late february, 2010 – winner announced

Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, director of Montreal Nature Museum
Esther Trepanier, executive director of the museum
John Porter, chair of the Museum’s foundation
Jacques White, architect, director of the Ecole d’architecture, University Laval
Narsine Seraji, architect and urban planner, Atelier Seraji Architectes et associes
Xavier Geyter, architect, XDGA Architecten, Belgium
Andre Bourassa, chair of OAQ
Peter Murphy, architect, Town and Country planning, Quebec City

Design Challenge:
The intent of this competition is to create a new pavilion for the museum and redefine the exhibition areas. The principal objective is to increase exhibition capacity and make it possible to increase the percentage of permanent collection on display, from 4.5% to 10%. An underground link will connect the new pavilion to the Charles Baillairge pavilion.

This competition seeks to choose a distinctive project that will integrate the functions of a museum into the natural and historic setting of the Parc des Champs-de-Bataille and the urban fabric bordering it. The new image of the museum must reflect the 21st century and the dynamism of Quebec City.

The principal elements of the project are as follows:
-gross surface area to be built (including the link): 10,120 sq. m.
-outdoor facilities: 3,1155 sq. m.
-refurbishing: 200 sq. m.

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