Place des Montréalaises
Lemay + Angela Silver + SNC-Lavalin
The flowery meadow sits on an inclined plane and is the most symbolically important and poetic aspect of the project, while simultaneously being a greening strategy. It acts as a pollinator garden and helps to reduce the great heat island that is the city. The Miroir des Montréalaises, a cylindrical mirrored surface standing on the site, featuring the names of the 21 Montreal women in perforations across its surface, is the next important moment of commemoration. The 21 names appear among the reflections of users standing and reflecting in front of the monument, the city their backdrop. Teams in architecture, landscape architecture and art joined together to design an experiential moment for Montrealers. In embracing the power of these names, and by claiming new territory in the city those names called home, the site is a both powerful act of recognition and a place of serene reflection. Its field of tribute gives value to the history of women, and gives visibility to women—known, unknown, forgotten—in a boldly public way.