Pointe-à-Callière, designed by La Camaraderie and Inscape le studio, presents their latest project at Montreal Archaeology and History complex: the iA Financial Group Workshop.
This new space is in the Old Customs House–Foundation J. Armand Bombardier Building. The two agencies are combining their strengths in experiential design and interior architecture to create an educational space for school workshops. The mission is to introduce groups of students to history and archaeology through a variety of activities in an environment that is versatile.
The custom-made furniture uses bright colors and light natural materials. Each of them is developed according to the scenography of specific activities and its artifacts and encourages the interaction between the younglings and the objects presented.
A mobile installation hung from the ceiling animates the central space with a movement reminiscent of small colored pebbles agitated by the water. On the floor, large blue waves cross the main area. This main space is now subdivided into four rooms by the addition of large folding doors that allow for flexibility.
The educational space reveals an environment where colors and flowing shapes combine to immerse visitors in an experience inspired by the St. Lawrence River. For the designers, the movement of water became the guiding line of the design concept.
“The Museum is on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, which was a determining factor in the founding of Montreal and the occupation of the territory. We were therefore inspired by the imagery of the river to create this immersive experience of a large wave moving up the stairs to the main educational space,” explained the designers.