So this transport centre in Montreal designed by Lemay Associés for the Montreal Transit Society is part of a noble tradition and must answer some particularly demanding questions. It has been designed to house 300 vehicles and is colossal in scale but it also sets different design priorities to earlier transport sheds.
Whereas supersheds past were about the harmony of structure and architecture, it would appear that architecture and sustainability – are the tensions that must now be resolved by shed builders. This one, develops the concept of ‘weaving’ both as a metaphor for its environmental integration with the surrounding countryside, and as a way to explain or justify the physical roof form.
A good friend is fond of reminding me that Corbusier considered architects to be peevish, selfish even, and somewhat preoccupied with trivial detail. By contrast he thought structural engineers to be virile and manly in their approach to architecture. I have never felt qualified to offer my own view on Corbusier’s position, but I feel that this is the right moment to solicit my friend’s opinions on this shed, and whether or not it challenges Corbusier’s opinions of those professions.
Christopher C. Hill