Question: Patrice, why aren’t architectures in Montreal pushed to the extreme, like banana shaped buildings perhaps?
Answer: It’s very simple. Money! Did I just make my dollar sign the wrong way? Money. Look, the only reason why Abu Dhabi has completely out of this world architectures, is money. It’s as simple as that. It’s very expensive to build advanced architectures. Here, the architects do their utmost to stay in the price range of the mass. It’s as simple as that. If the architects had more of budget, we also would have extraordinary architectures. But we need buildings, and to have a more maximized building, a more financially lucrative one, it always comes down to rectangular, square shaped, classical buildings. I still find that architects are doing a great job in Montreal bringing these classical architectures to a very respectable modern level. However, give us a budget of $ 1,000 dollars per square foot tomorrow morning, you’ll have exceptional towers as well. The best architects in the world who come to Montreal are limited by the same constraints, namely urban planning constraints. In most areas, they are limited in types of color they can use, the types of materials that will be used, and even shapes. Therefore, these architects very often present eccentric ideas that are brought down to earth, and eventually make them become expert council members. The UPC, called the urban planning committee that unfortunately limits the architects’ ideas of grandeur.
Just a word from Pat!
Patrice Groleau, certified real estate broker owner McGill Real Estate & McGill Commmercial
Patrice Groleau was born and raised in Quebec. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in human resources at the Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as a graduate degree in Entrepreneurship at the Université de Sherbrooke and in Advanced Project Management from McGill University in Montreal. Patrice Groleau obtained licenses in Risk Management from the Université du Québec à Montréal and Canadian Securities from the Canadian Securities Institute, as well as a Real Estate Agent degree and a Chartered Real Estate Broker’s & Agency Excecutive Officer (AEO) degree from the Collège de l’immobilier du Québec. Patrice Groleau is also a OACIQ certified professional instructor specialized in the Sales & Marketing of Real Estate Projects. Member of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) and of the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board, Mr. Groleau also has a solid background in finance, having worked for several major financial institutions.