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On the site of the former Miron quarry and a future Ecological Park, the new Stade de Soccer intérieur emerges from the park’s artificial topography as a layer of mineral stratum recalling the geological nature of the site. The mineral stratum is articulated by a continuous roof which cantilevers over the entry plaza and folds down over the interior soccer field. It extends to the ground to become the spectator seating for the outdoor field in the next project phase. To ensure the unity of the soccer centre over different programs and construction phases, the stratum appears as a single gesture with laminated wood structure supporting the roof. The roof’s crossing beams form a seemingly arbitrary lattice suspended over the entire site. 

Along Papineau Avenue, the architecture adapts to the existing landscape by embedding its supporting functions within the berm. This integration accommodates an elevated pedestrian path as well as preserves the existing trees. A subsequent series of crystals emerge from the augmented landscape to provide daylight and views for the administrative and public spaces behind. A large crystal box which contains the main lobby emerges from the terrain’s southeast end, signalling the entrance of the soccer centre. Despite the magnitude of the program, the series of structural louvers that compose the facade succeeds in retaining a human scale and the natural context for the adjacent residents. [1]

The design team worked closely with the engineers of Nordic Structures to develop the structural concept of the project. This integrated design process led to the formulation of a structural grid that takes into account sustainability criteria and optimizes the dimensioning of the structure’s members according to the required efforts and spans. The structure of Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is the only one of its kind in the world. It is composed of multiple lumber boards layered crosswise at 90° angles and bonded together using structural adhesives. In this process, the wood is sourced locally and is composed at 90% of black spruce. Cross-laminated timber provides new design possibilities, facilitating the construction of structures with a pared-down, organic look and allowing free rein architectural creativity. It is a construction material that is light, cost-effective and sustainable. [2]

The roof results in an energy consumption reduction of 54% compared to ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007 benchmark, resulting in energy cost reduction of 46.1%. Drinking water consumption is reduced 33% compared to the benchmark of the LEED-NC 2009 system. 

The decontamination of the site and the capture and evacuation of biogas found under the building ensures adequate air quality in the interior. Throughout construction, the mature trees along Papineau Avenue were preserved. 

 A basin has been set up for the retention and efficient management of rainwater. A geothermal system comprising 10 wells with a depth of 500 feet allows the balance of hot-cold exchanges between the seasons. [3]


Architecture Magazine, Progressive Architecture Award Citation, 2014
Interior Soccer Centre SMEC, First Prize Winner, 2012
Wood Design Awards, Honor Award 
OAA Awards, Design Excellence 


[1]      Stade de soccer de Montréal – Saucier + Perrotte. Accessed June 10, 2021. http://saucierperrotte.com/en/projects/stade-de-soccer-au-cesm/.

[2]     “STADE DE SOCCER DE MONTRÉAL: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes.” Archello. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://archello.com/project/stade-de-soccer-de-montreal.

[3]     “Stade De Soccer De Montréal.” Projets verts. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://projetsverts.voirvert.ca/projets/stade-de-soccer-de-montreal.

Additional information:

“Governor General’s Medal Winner: Stade De Soccer De Montréal.” Canadian Architect, May 2, 2019. https://www.canadianarchitect.com/governor-general-stade-de-soccer-de-montreal/.

“Indoor Soccer Center – TEQ Construction Enterprise.” Entreprise de construction TEQ. Accessed June 10, 2021. http://www.groupeteq.com/en/projects/indoor-soccer-center/.

“Le Stade De Soccer De Montréal Certifié LEED Or.” Voir vert – Le portail du bâtiment durable au Québec. Accessed June 10, 2021. https://www.voirvert.ca/nouvelles/rubriques/le-stade-soccer-montreal-certifie-leed-or.

“Stade De Soccer De Montréal .” Canadian Architect, June 2016. https://www.canadianarchitect.com/soccer-star-montreal/stade-de-soccer-de-montrealsaucierperrotte-architectes-3/.

Project Title: Stade de Soccer de Montréal
Artists:  Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Year: 2015

Place: Montréal, QC

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