McGill University Power Plant, Montreal by Les architectes FABG

Make infrastructure an attraction point

Project Specs


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项目场地位于费瑞厄大楼(建于1963年)和Wong公馆(建于1990年)之间的一个陡坡上,是Dr. Penfield大道上一个未被使用的停车场。Wong公关支撑着一个被拆毁的温室。场地正对着McTavish地下水库的城堡式泵站,该站点是皇家山地区历史与自然保护区的一部分。发电机安装在Dr. Penfield大道层的一个玻璃亭内,玻璃亭修建在花岗岩基石上。

▼项目概览,overview  © Les architectes FABG

▼电力站毗邻Dr. Penfield大道,Power Plant was near Dr. Penfield avenue  © Les architectes FABG

▼玻璃亭修建在花岗岩基石上,glass pavilion sitting on a granite plinth  © Les architectes FABG

McGill University needed a new building to house three 1.5 MW emergency facilities, generators that will protect research activities in the event of power outages.

The land retained, steeply sloping, was an unused parking lot on Dr. Penfield avenue, between the Ferrier building (1963) and the Wong Pavilion (1990), which supported a demolished greenhouse. It faces the castle-style pumping station of the McTavish underground reservoir and is part of the Protected Area of the historic and natural Mount Royal District. The generators are installed in a glass pavilion sitting on a granite plinth at Dr Penfield Street level.

▼场地背侧是陡峭的坡地,the back of the site is a steep slope  © Les architectes FABG


There is storage space for campus urban furniture on the lower level. The interstitial space between these two volumes serves as a plenum for air, steam and electricity connected to the Ironworks power plant. An open staircase opens a new passage along the east-west axis to connect the top and bottom of the campus.

▼亭子与城市家具之间的空间成为通风室,the interstitial space between these two volumes serves as a plenum  © Les architectes FABG

▼下方的储存空间,storage space below the pavilion © Les architectes FABG

open staircase connect the top and bottom of the campus  © Les architectes FABG


The project focuses on the underlying presence of the mountain by dramatizing the topography of the site. Although it is a technical infrastructure, we have insisted on treating the building as a pavilion that could help strengthen the quality and specificity of the McGill University campus.

▼发电站内部,建筑虽为技术性的基础设施但与周围景观相和谐,interior space, although the building is a technical infrastructure, it is in harmony with the surrounding landscape © Les architectes FABG

▼场地鸟瞰,bird-view of the site © Les architectes FABG

▼发电站平面,plan of the pavilion © Les architectes FABG

▼场地剖面,sections © Les architectes FABG

▼建筑剖面,section of the pavilion © Les architectes FABG

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