April 16, 2024

Canadian Heart for Structure (CCA) founder Phyllis Lambert can’t imagine Hydro-Québec is planning to construct an enormous electrical substation proper subsequent to the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal.

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“It would actually be a giant catastrophe as a result of it’s a large quantity, blind partitions [sans fenêtre]. It would change the neighborhood,” denounces Ms. Lambert throughout a phone interview with Le Journal.

Settlement between BAnQ and Hydro

The backyard subsequent to the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, the place Hydro-Québec plans to construct a 315 kV substation. Photograph Sylvain Larocque

Final week, Le Journal revealed that Hydro-Québec is contemplating rebuilding the Berri substation, at the moment positioned between Ontario and Sherbrooke streets on land subsequent to the Grande Bibliothèque. The proprietor of the property, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationaux Québec (BAnQ), has already agreed to promote it to Hydro.

Recall that in 2000 Phyllis Lambert led the worldwide architectural competitors for the Grande Bibliothèque.

“It’s very unhappy and even when Hydro-Québec tries to do one thing fantastically inventive, it is going to be inconceivable to do one thing nice,” she laments.

The architect regrets that BAnQ determined behind closed doorways to promote the land to Hydro, which may have been used for a doable growth of the Grande Bibliothèque. The transaction is meant to make it doable to partially finance the longer term Maison de la chanson et de la musique, rue St-Denis.

“Why are they promoting the land? She asks. I don’t perceive something.”

Metro station?

Ms. Lambert urges Hydro-Québec to significantly take into account burying the longer term station.

“Did we actually do a superb research to see if we may put it within the basement? They are saying it’s troublesome. “It’s all the time very troublesome to place issues within the basement, however there are locations the place it’s completely vital,” she says.

The one nicknamed “Joan of Structure” hopes that many Montrealers will take a stand on the venture.

“With such parts we are able to destroy a metropolis as a result of the town is the lifetime of the individuals,” she claims.