Architect - SELECTION OF THE ARCHITECT
When a selection of architects
was invited to submit conceptual design proposals for the new
museum, the information they had to feed into the creative
process was the site study, the intentions of the National
Capital Commission and the City of Gatineau for that site, and
a package put together by CMC's New Accommodation Task Force
outlining the nature of the museum, its functions, and
ambitions, supplemented by discussions with museum staff. Into
this palette they mixed their own creative visions.
Design concept proposed by Moshe
Desnoyers, Mercure Associated Architects.
© Moshe Safdie and Desnoyers, Mercure
Over eighty of Canada's foremost architects were
considered - their offices visited, their past works
examined - in the course of selecting the right firms to
build the new museums. Twelve were invited, in December 1982, to
submit by 17 January concept proposals for one or other of the
two museums. The short-list approach was selected instead of a
full-blown architectural competition because time and money for
the project were very limited. Those on the list were asked to
consider the context in which the museum would be placed, the
role of the institution, and an approach to an architectural
solution. The design proper would be created only after far more
detailed input from the museum staffs about precise needs.
Design concept proposed by IKOY.
Design concept proposed by Moriyama & Teshima
© Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Seven of the architects submitted proposals for CMC. On 10
February 1983 the government announced the selection of Parc
Laurier as the site for CMC and Douglas J. Cardinal Architect
Limited as design architect for the museum, in association with
the Montreal architectural firm of Tétreault, Parent,
Languedoc et Associés Inc.