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  1. May 21, 2021 · Site Specific: Montreal Biodôme. Text and Photography by James Brittain. The Montreal Biodôme in Canada, a museum about the natural world housed inside the old velodrome of the 1976 Olympics, has recently re-opened following an extensive refurbishment by local architecture studio KANVA in collaboration with NEUF Architectes.

  2. Jan 22, 2013 · Like the Biodome in Montreal, the Eden Project was built primarily as tourist attraction. All three projects date from the eighties and nineties, when preservation and ecological outreach were at their peak. Both the Eden Project and Biosphere are on my list of places I want to visit, but I need to plan trips around them.

  3. Jan 28, 2021 · Instead of fans, the stadium’s soaring concrete vault and skylights have provided shelter to hundreds of species of plants and animals from around the Americas since the 1990s, when the building was repurposed as the Montreal Biodome. A massive zoo-cum-terrarium that is home to a wide array of plant and animal species including penguins ...

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    • The Olympic Stadium, A Jewel of Modern Architecture
    • A Grandiose Project
    • Chartering A Course Through Troubled Waters; The Building of Anathletic Centre
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    • A Piece of Quebec Heritage Still Under Construction
    • Promoting The Olympic Stadium and Its Heritage

    As an architectural project, the Olympic Stadium has beensubject to some of the most intense media coverage in the Province of Quebec’srecent history. For quite some time, its public image was tarnished by thevarious difficulties encountered as it was being built; the considerable timeit took to complete; as well as the substantial over-budget spending that theproject incurred. Nevertheless, the media hype, the complex’s distinctive shapeand it’s unique position in the eastern end of the metropolis all contributedto making the site an essential feature of the Montreal landscape. The OlympicStadium can be seen from about anywhere in the city and is often used as avisual landmark, even by pilots flying over Montreal. This predominant piece ofMontreal’s urban heritage stands out like no other building in the area. The Olympic Complex sits on a site located in the east end ofthe city on a 60-hectare [148.3-acre] lot parallel to rue Sherbrooke. It isclosely linked to Parc Maisonneuve and...

    In 1976, Montreal was asked to host the 21st editionof theSummerOlympic Games. Following the example of Munich’s 1972 edition of the Games,Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau and his cabinet decided to assemble multipleathletic disciplines on one single site, thereby creating a cohesivearchitectural complex and reducing the necessity of having to move theparticipants from event to event. On the site that was chosen, there was already the CentrePierre-Charbonneau and the Maurice-Richard Arena. Both of are evidence of thecity administration’s previous efforts to renew this particular area of town byinstalling athletic facilities. The modern architecture of the two buildingsdesigned and built during the 1950s would make it possible to integrate themharmoniously into the new organic-style master plan devised by the City ofMontreal’s Public Works Department (which were to be reviewed and revised bythe architect Taillibert) (NOTE 5). A research delegation, lead by Charles A. Boileau, then directo...

    The construction of the Olympic facilities, which began on April 28, 1973, would come to have a negative impact on theentire project. The building project would take place at time when all themajor building sites in the Province of Quebec were undergoing politization. This political context would be joined by escalating syndicaterivalry between the two main labour unions, the Fédération des Travailleursdu Québec (FTQ) [Quebec Federation of Labour] and the Conférération des Syndicats Nationaux(CSN) [Confederation of National Trade Unions], which would then lead to twoconsecutive strikes that would last from November of 1974 into January of 1975,and then again later from May of 1975 to October of 1975. These strikes wouldresult in numerous project setbacks and delays, to the point that, by the endof 1975, it became difficult to determine whether the site would be ready intime for the Games. These setbacks brought about by clashes in labour relationswere joined by yet another factor: t...

    In spite of the financial and political unpleasantness on theconstruction site and the debt amassed while constructing of the maincomponents of the Olympic facilities (the Stadium, Velodrome, Swim Centre andthe Olympic Village)—a debt whose reimbursement would be drawn out over threedecades (NOTE 13)—positive effects fromhosting the 1976 Olympic Games would nevertheless be immediately felt inseveral sectors. A few examples of such effects would include, among others,the athletic facilities housed in the Olympic Stadium Complex that were madeavailable to the general population of the City of Montreal after the Games,the increased touristic affluence generated by Montreal’s newly acquired statusas an international city, as well as the founding of a large number of athleticassociations. Interestingly it is not only these associations that can tracetheir historic origins back to the 1976 Games, but also the practice oforganised amateur sports in the Province of Quebec. It wasn’t until 1...

    The Olympic Complex requires constant maintenance, but some ofthe facilities added on over the years have improved the site. And so, aglassed-in cable car on the outer surface of the tower, which whisks visitorsto the upper levels of the mast, was inaugurated on November 22, 1987. Its unrivalled height and unobstructed view of Montreal make theObservatory a major tourist destination. The excellent panoramic view of thecity from the tower observatory was awarded a 3-star rating from the MichelinGreen Guide in 1992 and the buildings of the Olympic Complex are listed as architecturalpoints of interest. In 1987, a further even more significant improvement to thecomplex was finally completed: the stadium roof. Just as planned in theoriginal blueprints, the roof was a movable Kevlar membrane covering aheretofore-unsurpassed surface area of 23,270 square metres. This solution for covering the Stadium roof proved however to beonly temporary, for the premature wear on the roof membrane cause...

    Over the years, the Olympic facilities have stirred up thebitter criticism of some of the most critical journalists and caricaturists.Nevertheless, 80% of all Quebecois are said to have a positive opinion of theComplex (NOTE 19). In spite of itslively controversial history, the Stadium remains a remarkable accomplishmentthat will eventually find its rightful place as a part of the Province ofQuebec’s architectural heritage for many generations to come. For no otherbuilding, neither in the province nor elsewhere in Canada can even begin tocompare with the singular uniqueness of the Montreal Olympic Stadium—and itseems that it is here to stay and it will be around for a long while yet. Not only did Taillibert succeed in innovating techniques whilebuilding the Montreal Olympic Park (the Stadium was the first time anintegrated approach for pre-stressing and post-tensioning concrete, as well asfor using structural textiles thathad ever been used (NOTE 20)), but the architect also was suc...

  5. But it isn’t the only structure that was originally built for an Olympics but that’s used today for a completely different purpose. Also in that category is the Montreal Biodome. It was originally built as a venue for the track cycling and judo events of the 1976 Olympic Games.

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