- ADHOC architectes, Your Place at the Table, installation in Montreal
So ADHOC architectes was appointed to create an art installation that would attract and stimulate traffic in the Quartier des Spectacles while maintaining social distancing measures.
ADHOC architectes worked with the graphic designers Maude Lescarbeau and Camille Blais to produce their installation. Your Place at the Table! is located in Hydro-Quebec park, designed by Claude Cormier et Associés (2008-2012), and the recipient of multiple awards for its eco-friendly features. ADHOC architectes has now added a social component to this 3260m2 site, turning it into a new urban terrace. Basically, the architects have created a 100-metre long “urban table”, carefully embedded in the empty areas and winding around the existing furniture and trees like a bright yellow decorative ribbon.
Vibrant, custom graphic signage and cleverly-designed lighting brighten up this environment, creating a welcome atmosphere by day and night. The festive colour palette reaches out to passers-by and introduces a clear contrast with the natural shades of the park. The public is invited to enjoy the table in its entirety and the points set up with eclectic collections of recycled objects. These iconic, food-related objects have been cleverly positioned to creatively and subtly foster social distancing between the users. The space redesigned by ADHOC architectes seats 80 and acts as extra space for 22 local restaurants reopening nearby.
In conclusion, the project is a proposal for a new way of collective and safe sharing at a difficult time for communities. Your Place at the Table! by ADHOC architectes has been designed as a moment to take time out from our routine, to eat and drink, during the day or at night, sitting down or standing, with friends, families, partners or on your own. In Montreal, you can socialise, and you can do it without breaking any of the applicable health, hygiene and social distancing regulations.
Project: ADHOC architectes
Location: Montreal, Canada
Images: Raphaël Thibodeau