- April 24, 2020
New life for mythical outdoor theatre
More elegant, light and modern, the new version of Montreal’s Théâtre de Verdure enhances the landscape while offering a more stimulating, open and accessible space to perpetuate the mission of this unique open-air artistic venue.
An emblematic site in La Fontaine Park, the Théâtre de Verdure has presented theatre, dance and music performances free of charge for over half a century, from its inauguration in 1956 until its temporary closure in 2014 due to decaying facilities.
The team approached the theatre’s redevelopment by drawing inspiration from the enchanting site that houses it, in order to design an object that would be harmoniously integrated into the park landscape.
The project includes the design of a new building, reconstruction of the stage set-up, and the redesign of the bleachers, public areas and circulation spaces.
The new, lighter structure invites the user into an environment where landscape and architecture coexist. The creation of a new entrance, the extension of pathways within the theatre grounds, the pruning of low shrub strata and the preservation of the plant canopy are among the interventions that promote the site’s accessibility and create visual breakthroughs connecting theatre and park.
In addition to playing an essential and functional role, the architectural work contributes to the overall experience of park users and supports visitors in their discovery of the area, both inside and outside the site. This makes the theatre safer and more permeable, 12 months a year.
The redevelopment of the Théâtre de Verdure therefore goes beyond the simple notion of rehabilitating the stage equipment to create a new place, one that asserts its theatricality and allows everyone to rediscover the theatre, its pool and the surrounding park.