Press equipment – The Structure of 4 Seasons Resort Montreal Unveiled: The Class of a Gold Chain on a Traditional Black Costume – Lemay | Sid Lee Structure

Montréal, Canada, 2019-12-04 – 

At the heart of Montreal’s iconic Golden Square Mile, against the stunning backdrop of Mount Royal, the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal building combines classic elegance and contemporary style. With a total surface area of 35,000 m², the 18-storey multifunctional building includes a 169-room hotel, 18 private residences and 3,250 m2 of commercial spaces.


Designed by Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture, the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal building 

stands out with its streamlined, uniquely off-set volumes and richly textured accents that embody the luxury and refinement of the world-famous hotel banner. Its interiors and exteriors are also carefully integrated with the historic Holt Renfrew Ogilvy complex. 

Delicate, elegant integration 

Upon entering, visitors are greeted with a spectacular 5.5-meter-high lobby, which extends harmoniously into the adjoining commercial spaces, creating a distinctive overall experience for the hotel’s residents and guests.


At the heart of the building, an immense atrium is open to residents and hotel guests, who can appreciate Pascale Girardin’s majestic artistic installation, Contemplation. The atrium’s reflective walls ensure privacy as their mirroring effect magnifies the work of art’s depth, generating an infinite indoor landscape.


Human and urban scale

On De la Montagne St., the lower floors respect the pedestrian scale and delicately link the project to its streetscape, as the remaining three facades integrate on an urban scale with Sainte-Catherine and Crescent Streets and De Maisonneuve Blvd.


“The overriding importance of integrating the building with its environment is reflected in several ways, sometimes assertive, sometimes subtle, and gives the project its relevance and longevity. The architecture draws its source from the spirit of place, its history, its community, to ultimately enhance the cityscape,” said Eric Pelletier, architect, senior partner and design principal at Lemay.

The building’s angles define its hospitality, residential and commercial vocations. The first floors are topped by an imposing, 500-guest ballroom with a massive terrasse that offers magnificent views of the Leonard Cohen mural and Mount Royal. 

Distinctive juxtaposition 

At the tallest part of the building, as of the 14th floor, the facade extends outwards. Crowning the entire building, this overhanging volume is dedicated to prestigious private residences and their spacious terraces offering breathtaking river, mountain and skyline views.

Boldly swathed in black, the tower captures light differently on each floor and interacts with Montreal’s ever-changing character. The effect is accentuated by each façade’s golden bas-relief that divides the main volume according to its interior functions. This golden rift changes the aspect of the building; it emerges through the volume, folds inwards and spreads vertically by creating a thin blade in the centre of the building.


“The main challenge of the project was to create a space that could properly host such an iconic brand and seamlessly embody its values and ambitions at all levels. The building offers a strong presence in its neighborhood with a volume that reflects the different scales of the surrounding buildings, complemented by a series of insertions, a sought-after materiality and refined details,” said Martin Leblanc, architect, partner at Sid Lee Architecture.


Intimately connected to the city

The exterior envelope is a glass curtain wall whose opaque elements have been reduced to a minimum. Every component has been carefully considered to enable maximum fenestration; at nightfall, the dark colour of the glass lays a delicate veil over the interior spaces and creates a subdued appearance.


The envelope’s materials also contribute to the project quality. The glass walls’ fine and precise assembly gives rise to an ethereal and almost immaterial impression. The granite of the side facades reflects the rhythm of the glass panels while its varying textures come to life under the influence of ambient light. 


Stately and meticulously sculpted, timeless and modern, the new complex personifies quality and style in the exhilarating, cosmopolitan city that is Montreal.


Technical sheet

LOCATION: Montreal, Canada


Lemay in collaboration with Sid Lee Architecture


SURFACE AREA: 498 000 pi2 (46,600 m2)



68 hotel rooms

18 private residences


· Eric Pelletier, Architect, Partner – Design Principal, Lemay

· Michel Aubé, Architect, Associate, Project Director, Lemay

· Sébastien Voyer, Architect, Production Manager, Lemay

· Manuel R. Cisneros, Design Architect, Sid Lee Architecture

· Valentin Guirao, Design Architect, Lemay

· Geneviève Guay, Architect, Design Technician and Site Supervisor, Lemay

· Rémi Chabot, Technologist, BIM Coordinator, Lemay

· Martin Leblanc, Architect, Partner, Sid Lee Architecture

· André Cardinal, Architect, Partner, Lemay


Private residences designer: Philip Hazan Design inc. 

Hotel Designer: Gilles & Boissier et Philip Hazan Design inc

Level 3 Restaurant-Bar Designer: Atelier Zébulon Perron


Structural Engineer: Elema

Mechanical Engineer: Bouthillette Parizeau


Lighting Consultant: GMLD | Granville McAnear Lighting Design


Curtain Wall: Groupe Lessard

Precast Concrete: BPDL Béton préfabriqué

Aluminum Panel: Les industries Panfab




Pascale Girardin


Adrien Williams

Lemay: Creative thinking. Collective value.

Founded in 1957 as an architectural practice, Lemay is an internationally recognized integrated design firm. Its unique blend of creativity, large-firm capacity and wide-ranging expertise brings client aspirations to life, creating sustainable value for users and communities around the world. The firm’s commitment to outstanding design also translates into lemayLAB: an instrument of research and innovation in all aspects of design, which has helped it win over 350 awards and distinctions. Lemay brings together some 450 professionals, earning it a world ranking of 52nd largest (2019 World Architecture 100).

About Sid Lee Architecture
Founded in 2009 following the integration of architecture firm NOMADE (founded in 1999), Sid Lee Architecture is the fruit of architects and urban designers Jean Pelland and Martin Leblanc’s talents and skills combined with creative agency Sid Lee’s wide-ranging offering. Operating on a global scale from its Montreal offices, Sid Lee Architecture gathers more than 50 architects, technicians, designers, managers, and other artisans offering services in urban studies, architecture, interior architecture, strategic development and positioning, brand integration, and signage – for cultural, residential, institutional, recreational, and corporate projects. Sid Lee Architecture’s work stands out for its uniqueness and strong identity, marked by history, culture, and community.

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