PHI launches international architecture competition

PHI has launched an international architectural competition for the design of PHI Contemporary. Photo by Vincent Castonguay

PHI has launched an international architectural competition for the design of PHI Contemporary—a cultural institution in Montreal, dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture.

Located in Old Montreal, and built upon a site rife with history—comprising an assemblage of four historical buildings and an adjacent vacant lot—PHI Contemporary will consolidate the public cultural offer currently housed within PHI Foundation and PHI Centre. The 6900-m² (74,000-sf) project will house exhibition spaces, a network of new media galleries, mediation, research and studio spaces, and an expansive public domain. The projected construction budget is $47,280,000, excluding taxes and inflation. As a future repository for its legacy, PHI Contemporary will be a new and permanent space to consolidate, extend, and intersect PHI’s cultural offer, its communities, and the public life of the city.

Any architect who meets the following criteria is eligible to enter the competition:

  • Is a member in good standing of the professional order or national association governing architectural practice in the country in which they operate;
  • Has at least 10 years’ experience practicing architecture;
  • Has completed a minimum of two projects in the cultural sphere and;
  • Has completed at least one project involving the renovation or restoration of heritage buildings

A consortium is eligible to submit if it demonstrates it is composed of entities that have completed at least one project together prior to submission.

The winner will be announced on July 15, 2022.

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