Recreating The Magic Of Expo 67
Landscape Middle East|December 2019
Once home to the 1967 Expo world fair, Montreal’s iconic Parc Jean-Drapeau is transformed by designer Lemay
Lemay
Over a half-century after 50 million visitors first discovered Montréal’s iconic Parc Jean-Drapeau when it played host to EXPO 67, the site is now known as Espace67 has had a total makeover by transdisciplinary designer Lemay. The firm brought its unique brand of design to rethink, restore and reshape this major contemporary project in the southwest sector of Île-Sainte-Hélène with a vast redevelopment project.

Defined by a whimsical new Central Concourse linking the island’s Biosphere to Alexander Calder’s monumental Trois Disques sculpture, the transformed multi-functional site now features a 65,000-seat natural amphitheater as well as a riverside walkway. The project also introduces an Event Village and Natural Agora, eloquent public spaces that can accommodate a variety of functions year-round. “Lemay’s concept blends the enchanting natural setting and rich historic past of this exceptional site, to offer a truly versatile space,” said Andrew King, Partner and Design principal at Lemay. “It has been reborn as a destination unto itself, now able to fully accommodate a wide range of major events.”

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