Project 365-Day 74: Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal

March 14 2012

Given that winter returned today with a storm of wet snow, I headed down to the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal (World Trade Center of Montreal) in the International Quarter. Although I’ve already posted a picture from here as the 365 project photo of the day on January 6th I wanted to capture more of this wonderful location. I didn’t ask if photography was permitted, but even with a tripod (all pictures presented below are HDR from 3 exposures) I wasn’t approached by security staff, so it seems to be photographer friendly!

The International Quarter was Inaugurated in 2004 and is located between the city’s business district and Old Montréal.

The main focal point of Montreal’s World Trade Center has to be the black granite reflection pool and the Statue of Amphitritis by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal (1699–1757). The sculpture originally topped a fountain in Saint-Mihiel, in the Meuse department of France.

Statue of Amphitritis by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal

Statue of Amphitritis by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal

Statue of Amphitritis by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal

Statue of Amphitritis by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal

Statue of Amphitritis by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal

Statue of Amphitritis by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal

Reflection pool at the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal

Reflection pool at the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal

Work on the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal commenced in 1988 and was inaugurated in 1992. Occupying a large city block in Old Montréal, the World Trade Center of Montreal comprises historic buildings that were fully renovated then linked together by a spectacular glass-covered promenade.

Atrium of the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal

Atrium of the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal

The promenade running between the 10 storey offices was originally the Ruelle des Fortifications (Fortification Lane). In addition to the offices the center offers a shopping gallery with more than 20 boutiques, restaurants, cafés and service outlets and the Intercontinental Hotel.

Shopping promenade that was formerly the Ruelle des Fortifications

Shopping promenade that was formerly the Ruelle des Fortifications

Each of the entrances is identified by a large metal logo.

Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal entrance on rue McGill

Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal entrance on rue McGill

Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal entrance on rue McGill from the inside

Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal entrance on rue McGill from the inside

Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal entrance on rue Saint-Antoine Ouest

Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal entrance on rue Saint-Antoine Ouest

My favorite entrance is from rue Saint-Pierre (or alternatively via the RÉSO tunnel from the Palais des Congrès) with metal,glass and concrete all coming together at various angles.

Looking toward Saint Pierre entrance of the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montreal

Looking toward Saint Pierre entrance of the Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montreal

Entrance leading to the RÉSO and Palais des Congrès

Entrance leading to the RÉSO and Palais des Congrès

Entrance from the RÉSO and Palais des Congrès

Entrance from the RÉSO and Palais des Congrès

Entrance from the RÉSO and Palais des Congrès

Entrance from the RÉSO and Palais des Congrès

Thankfully, the weather forecasters are saying it will be +17 at the weekend, so hopefully this may be the last of the snow for this year.

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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