KANVA wraps montreal's renovated biodôme in white undulating 'living skin'

May 02, 2021

KANVA with NEUF architect(e)s have completed the renovation of the montreal biodôme, a science museum that contains a range of replicated ecosystems found in the americas. the project, winner of the international competition launched in early 2014 by the municipality of montreal (see previous coverage here), wraps each of the museum’s ecosystems in a white undulating ‘living skin’. visitors can enjoy a renewed experience, led by a multiplicity of paths highlighting a more intuitive discovery of the living collections and encouraging free wandering, as it could be done in a natural environment.

image by marc cramer

image by marc cramer

project info:

name: montreal biodôme

architect: KANVA in collaboration with NEUF architect(e)s

location: montreal, canada

electromechanical engineer: bouthillette parizeau inc.

structural engineer: NCK inc.

building code specialist and cost consultant: groupe GLT+

specification writer: atelier 6

lighting design consultant: lightfactor

collaborating exhibition design: la bande à paul

collaborating set designer: anick la bissonnière

collaborating museologist: nathalie matte

wayfinding specialist: bélanger design

land surveyor: topo 3D

acoustics specialist: soft DB