New Montreal mixed-use building inspired by Cree culture

The name of the project, Odea, is based on the Cree word “ode,” meaning canoe, which explains the subtle and stylized symbol of the canoe to be featured in the architecture. Photo courtesy Cogir Real Estate

Montreal will soon be the site of a new 25-storey project honouring Indigenous James Bay Cree people.

The name of the project, Odea, is based on the Cree word “ode,” meaning canoe, which explains the subtle and stylized symbol of the canoe to be featured in the architecture. The site, owned by the James Bay Cree since 1995, has witnessed the revitalization of the neighbourhood and will reflect the Cree’s desire to participate in community development.

The future occupants will be surrounded by functional common spaces, including an artist’s studio in collaboration with the art complex, greenspaces, two rooftop pools, and a sky lounge. Site preparation for construction is already underway, and Odea Montreal is scheduled to be completed in spring 2024.

Designed by architecture firm Lemay, in collaboration with Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, Odea Montreal is a 25-storey project that will include 435 residential units, comprised of 264 rental apartments, and 171 condominiums for sale.

“I am proud to see my nation’s contribution to the Montreal skyline with an innovative and forward-thinking project that will not only showcase the history of the Cree nation, but more importantly will also create space for indigenous organizations and entities. The Odea Montreal project is the first of its kind and will be an economic driving force with endless opportunities for additional investment” added Mandy Gull, grand chief of the Cree Nation Government.

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