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Chemin-Qui-Marche Lookout by Cardinal Hardy


Montreal-based architectural practice, Cardinal Hardy, has designed The Chemin-Qui-Marche Lookout project. Completed in 2014, the regenerated park is located in Montreal, Canada.

The Chemin-Qui-Marche Lookout is located at the junction of historic Old Montreal and its Old Port. Its name is derived from an aboriginal expression for the St. Lawrence River. Loosely translated, it means “the path that walks”.


Rich with hundreds of years of history that includes its still visible industrial heritage, the project revives a long-abandoned industrial site. In addition, it contributes to the rebirth of the 18th-century Faubourg Québec, the first neighbourhood developed outside of the city’s fortified walls. Within a context of reurbanisation, the park reintroduces qualities of character and atmosphere essential to the conviviality of the Faubourg.


The planning concept for the park design project is an expression of the traces of its past and the important moments of its history. The esplanade also highlights the spirit of place found in the contemporary urban grid of the neighborhood. The park becomes a witness to the site’s history, commemorating it through three key landscape elements: the river and its piers, the vestiges of former railways lines, and the historic city in development.


The new layout for the park creates an unconventional terrace, suspended between the city and the river. It becomes a platform for contemplation, offering 180 degree panoramic views of many architectural, industrial and landscape icons. The assembled views function as a stage set, bringing these emblematic witnesses of the island of Montreal to life.


With a length of 166 metres, the linear park welcomes neighbourhood residents to enjoy its fun, safe and friendly space in the city centre. City dwellers traverse it, cyclists stop by to enjoy a break, and tourists visit it to take in the views and discover the city’s history.


The Chemin-Qui-Marche Lookout is a living place thanks to its evocative design. Simultaneously, the elements of its composition support walking, resting and discovery. The sleek and minimalist layout leaves room for people to inhabit it and create a unique meeting place, the spirit of which is rich and timeless. The lookout becomes, at a more modest scale, a major destination for strolling, similar to the Samuel-de-Champlain Boardwalk in Quebec City, the Wave Deck in Toronto, and the High Line in New York.

Images courtesy of Alexis Nollet, Alexandre Guilbeault and Isabelle Giasson

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February 20, 2014 | Property | View comments

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