World Trade Centre Montreal

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World Trade Centre Montreal
Centre de Commerce mondial de Montréal
Montreal-WTC-Square Victoria Door.png
World Trade Centre Montreal is located in Montreal
World Trade Centre Montreal
Location in Montreal
General information
StatusComplete
Address747 Victoria Square
Town or cityMontreal, Quebec
CountryCanada
Coordinates45°30′7.50″N 73°33′38.20″W / 45.5020833°N 73.5606111°W / 45.5020833; -73.5606111Coordinates: 45°30′7.50″N 73°33′38.20″W / 45.5020833°N 73.5606111°W / 45.5020833; -73.5606111
Completed1992
OwnerIvanhoé Cambridge
Design and construction
Architecture firmArcop
Website
www.centredecommercemondial.com
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The World Trade Centre Montreal (in French, Centre de Commerce mondial de Montréal) is a shopping centre, office and hotel complex located in the Quartier international district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Completed in 1992 by Arcop, it is an example of a 'horizontal skyscraper' and a leading example of urban renewal, architectural preservation and rehabilitation; the complex united several smaller Victorian-era commercial buildings (including the city's historic Bank of Nova Scotia building and Canada Steamship Lines building) by encasing them in a larger form, in this case a massive glassed-in atrium running the length of what was once Fortification Lane, itself the site of the city's colonial defensive walls. In a kind of post-modern hommage, a remnant of the Berlin Wall, given to the city in 1992, is on public exhibit within the complex; the complex includes other historic elements, such as a fountain by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal (1699–1757) also donated to the city in 1992. At the far end of the centre is the Montreal InterContinental Hotel.

From the exterior it appears as a quintessential late-19th century Montreal business block with a diverse collection of buildings in different styles. Once inside the rear sections of those buildings have been oriented on to a vast open space, replete with reflecting pool, cafés, boutiques and other diverse services; the interior is united in its impressive open volume and natural lighting, it reveals itself in layers - for the uninitiated the interior space is often thoroughly unexpected.

The Centre is connected to Montreal's underground city and to Square-Victoria-OACI metro station towards the West and Place d'Armes and Place Riopelle to the East.

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