The Montréal Four Seasons Hotel designed by Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture


Olivier Bluin, Adrien Williams,

Montréal, Canada,


Montreal’s top luxury hotel is now the Four Seasons Hotel designed by Canadian studios Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture, with interiors by Gilles & Boissier and Philip Hazan. The big building measures more than 45,000 square metres, mostly occupied by the hotel, but also containing private residences, retail space, meeting rooms, a spa and wellness centre, and the restaurant of renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, designed by Atelier Zébulon Perron. Completing this impressive list, the building also contains a sculptural installation eight storeys high by local artist Pascale Girardin. According to the architects, "Four Seasons Hotel Montreal brings back the city to the forefront of the global luxury hotel conversation".

The Montréal Four Seasons Hotel designed by Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture

The magniloquent Four Seasons Hotel Montreal was designed, and its construction supervised, by prominent Canadian architectural studios Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture in partnership with numerous other world-famous designers who contributed to the interiors and details. The importance of this big new commercial project for the city has been clear ever since it opened (as the architects point out in their press release), finally bringing Montreal into the global conversation about luxury hotel architecture and design.

Lemay and Sid Lee sought a style that would be contemporary and light, but also capable of expressing the classic elegance and refinement luxury spaces always require. From the outside, the building takes the form of a big, dark, square block eighteen floors high, covered with reflective glass, with diagonal lines cutting across it to add dynamism to its façades. Alongside this, a second, lower volume presents echoes of classical style, with white façades alternating big windows with long columns, which rise the entire height of the building and culminate in lowered arches. A third block, also in contemporary style, joins these two parts with its colours and glass surfaces.

The main volumes and functional divisions are made evident on the façades in the form of a golden bas-relief that folds inwards and spreads vertically to create a thin blade in the centre of building, standing out against the dark colour of the glass "like a gold chain on a chic black dress", in the words of Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture. The dark glass casts a delicate veil over the interior spaces at nightfall so that the interior of the Four Seasons Hotel acquires a subdued appearance, coming to life under the influence of changing ambient light.

In over 45,000 square metres of floor space, the Four Seasons Hotel offers guests everything they have come to expect from a luxury hotel: 169 suites of various sizes, 18 exclusive private residences, a number of meeting rooms, a lounge bar, a hall for corporate events and gala evenings, a spa and wellness area and more than 3000 square metres of retail space. All the interiors were designed by Gilles & Boisseier in partnership with Philip Hazan on the basis of a light, refined "contemporary classic" style featuring pale, warm colours, ethereal lighting, velvety textures, mirror-polished surfaces and touches of marble, bronze, gold and dark wood.

The refined contemporary luxury of the Four Seasons Hotel, designed on the basis of the strictest environmental standards, also contains two more pearls. The first is Marcus, the restaurant of award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, famous for his Red Rooster in Harlem, New York. Open to hotel guests only, the restaurant features interiors by prestigious interior design studio Atelier Zébulon Perron. The second pearl is a magnificent long, slender artistic installation, fully eight floors high, suspended in the hotel lobby, by local artist Pascale Girardin, inspired by a floral composition and named Contemplation.

Francesco Cibati

Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
Year: 2019
Area: 46336 sqm
Architect: Lemay / Sid Lee Architecture
Client: Carbonleo
Art Installation: Pascale Girardin
Award: American MasterPrize, Honorable Mention
Picture: Olivier Bluin, Adrien Williams