Architectural gems you can rent for Montréal events
Montréal is a city of design. But don’t just take our word for it, trust the United Nations. In 2006, Montréal was officially designated a UNESCO City of Design (the only one in Canada), meaning that it was identified as a global leader in the field of design.
The architecture of Montréal reflects the city’s unique design sensibility: simultaneously bold, romantic and unapologetic. Many of the most iconic buildings offer event space for private functions. Here are a few of our favourites.
Olympic Tower. At 165 metres high and with a 45-degree angle, the Montréal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world! (For perspective, the Tower of Pisa is only five degrees.) On the grounds of the 1976 Olympic Games, both the stadium and its iconic tower continue to be a major Montréal tourism attraction. Two halls located at the top of the tower are the main attraction for events, and can accommodate all types of corporate functions: product launches, press conferences, happy hours, and networking opportunities.
Biosphere. Originally formed an enclosed structure of steel and acrylic cells, the geodesic dome was conceived by Buckminster Fuller as the pavilion for the United States. These days it’s home to the Montréal Biosphère (a museum dedicated to ecology), and offers a variety of space rental for groups that align with their environmental mandate.
Basilica Notre Dame. The crown jewel in Quebec’s rich religious heritage. Notre-Dame‘s exterior Gothic Revival facade is among the most impressive in the world, while the interior is grand and colourful, with a ceiling coloured in deep blue and decorated with golden stars. The stained-glass windows of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, rather scenes from the religious history of Montréal. Two halls are available for meetings, receptions, concerts, school commencements and other special events.
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. Located in the Quartier Latin, Montréal’s public library was designed to encourage the discovery and exploration of Québec culture: books, music, video, plenty of archives and other treasures. The building itself has won architectural awards, and features conference and reception rooms, as well as a light-drenched atrium ideal for mingling.
Place des Arts. Place des Arts is a major performing arts centre, and the largest cultural and artistic complex in Canada. Located downtown, in an area known as the Quartier des Spectacles, the complex is home to the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Opéra de Montréal.
Château Dufresne. The Château Dufresne was originally a beaux-arts style manor owned by leading members of Montréal’s French bourgeoisie. Today, the Château Dufresne houses a museum dedicated to the history of Montréal’s east end, as well as plenty of exquisite artefacts from that timeless era. Book the solarium for a charming Downton Abbey inspired cocktail party!
Maison du développement durable. A five-storey “living wall” and large windows make the centre’s atrium an exceptional venue. Several rooms for small groups are perfect for meetings, while the atrium itself is idea for a cocktail party.
The Jacques Cartier Bridge. One of Montréal’s most iconic architectural structures, the Jacques Cartier Bridge, has two secret rooms. The bridge was inaugurated in 1930, but due to the economic crisis of this “Great Gatsby” era, the two event spaces –– an exhibition hall and a massive ballroom –– were almost never used. With quixotic views over the cityscape and the river, these dormant treasures could become the hottest venues in the coming years. Recent talks about reopening both rooms have occurred, and you can rest assured that we’ll be following the progressions closely. Stay tuned to @MeetMontreal for all updates!