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Palais des Congrès - Montreal

Address: 1001 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle, Montreal, Quebec
District: Quartier International (International Quarter)
Category: Landmarks
Tags: Modern Architecture

Built partly on top of the Ville-Marie expressway, this building was renovated and expanded as part of a redevelopment effort involving the surrounding new neighborhood, christened Le Quartier International. For years before that, the expressway had cut off Old Montreal from the rest of the city. The expansion project somewhat helped re-connect the urban tissue, although the building is so large it obviously breaks the block grid pattern. On the plus side, it's located more or less in the middle of the city.

The new, more colorful, part of the building faces the Place J.-P. Riopelle. Its (western) façade is a wall of multi-colored glass.