Faculty Of Music
The building’s east and west facades are patterned to evoke musical figures.
Located on a narrow site adjacent to the Strathcona Building, which houses the faculty’s main concert facilities, the new building contains a library, recital hall, state-of-the-art multimedia and practice studios as well as additional faculty offices.
The multimedia studio anchors the design. Almost five story high, the polished limestone volume is embedded three stories into the ground at the north end of the lot. Practice rooms and technical studios are located to the south of the studio.
The Recital Hall and Main Entrance are located at street level above these rooms. The new building is linked to the rest of the faculty by a glazed bridge that runs through the main entrance hall.
The three story library, connected by a sculptural staircase, sits immediately above the recital hall with an additional three stories of office and practice space atop.
A folded concrete plane defines the ground floor spaces appearing to support the main body of the building above. It evokes an eroded ground plane which leads to the Mount Royal beyond.
The east facade is clad in black and grey zinc, with long strip windows that light the office corridors and a large glazed opening into the library entry space.
The west facade shows a pattern of matt and polished aluminum that reflects the Strathcona Building on its surface while a series of punched windows, an evocation of the piano rolls used in antique mechanical pianos, bring light into the smaller interior spaces.
The design by Saucier + Perrotte gives prominence to the southeast corner of the McGill University Campus in downtown Montreal.