Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Studio: CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s
Project: Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Location: Montréal, Canada
Credit: Adrien Williams
Occupying two full city blocks downtown Montreal, the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal is the largest healthcare construction project in North America and one of the largest current healthcare project in the world. The 3,500,000 sf, 20-story research hospital will serve 345,000 ambulatory patients, 22,000 inpatients, and 65,000 emergency patients per year, provide 772 single-patient rooms, ambulatory and diagnostic centres, 39 operating theatres, intensive care, clinical laboratories and a research centre. The very dense medical campus was envisioned as permeable complex where the users, visitors, employees, students and the community could wander throughout the public spaces. This sensitive insertion into the urban context allows the CHUM to reconnect elements of the urban fabric that had been ruptured by the Ville-Marie Expressway 50 years ago, and to transform this nearly abandoned neighbourhood into Montreal’s new Health District. Furthering the CHUM’s connection to the public is an ambitious art program totalling more than $3 million USD. In total, CHUM will have 13 large-scale works incorporated into the design—the largest concentration of public art since Montreal’s Expo 1967. The building’s verticality allows occupants to gain some breathtaking views of the city and natural light to permeate the spaces; providing a moment of respite to patients and staff.