Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Project Title
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Alternate Titles
Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion; Musée des beaux arts
Safdie designed this major expansion to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which doubled the exhibition space of the existing museum and added housing, retail and restaurant facilities, administrative offices, and curatorial workshops. Design challenges for this project included the need to integrate the new museum into the surrounding context, while responding creatively to the demands of a difficult site.

The final design preserved the five-storey brick and stone apartment building which occupied half of the Sherbrooke Street frontage, a row of Victorian rowhouses on Crescent Street, and the alleys located at the centre of the site. The addition is divided into three pavilions and its main entrance features a great sloping glass roof which allows the sun to penetrate the public foyer and provides transparency for visitors to see all gallery levels and connections.

Images on this page: 1 Elevation view at dusk; 2 Aerial view of site; 3 Interior view; 4 Interior stairs view; 5 Exploded axonometric

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

between 1985 and 1991
Completion Date
Client: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Project Type
Safdie Architects
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