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Vendome Metro

Vendome Metro

Vendome Metro

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16 000 000 $

1970

The Montreal Metro's intermodal Vendome station serves as a connection point between the metro, the bus and commuter train services. The isolated structure is oriented east-west and is perfectly symmetrical. The commuters' access is divided between two waiting areas on either side of the metro line. The south side serves the clientele arriving from the buses and the north side faces the adjacent neighbourhood. In addition, the metro station is linked to an underground tunnel that leads to the commuter train station.
In the metro station, a large volume extends upwards and is framed by an inclined stained glass wall, which allows the natural light to penetrate into the space below right down to the track level. This skylight was chosen to insert a work of art, funded with support from Quebec's program for the Integration of Art to Architecture. The work, by the artist Marcelle Ferron, is a combination of an overhead spiral-shaped sculpture, constructed of a series of stainless steel tubes, and a stained glass wall that reflects its changing colours onto the tubes. Looking east from the overhead walkway that connects the two waiting areas provides a spectacular view of the sculpture.