Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth: the transformation of an icon
Montreal, August 30th 2017 – After being closed for more than a year for major renovations, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel re-opened this July. The project was executed by the architectural consortium of Sid Lee Architecture | Architecture49, with general contractor Pomerleau. The Montreal office of Architecture49 is proud to have contributed to this high-profile project.
Architecture49’s mandate was to prepare plans and specifications developed jointly with Sid Lee Architecture. The firm was then responsible for site supervision until the project’s completion, managing a tight schedule and exacting requirements. Working in close collaboration with all participants, the team made an essential contribution to the successful completion of a high-quality project that will benefit the hotel’s guests, operator and owner.
Sid Lee Architecture created the vision for the hotel’s repositioning and developed architecture and interior design concepts in collaboration with owner Ivanhoé Cambridge and operator Fairmont Hotels. Working to the high standards of the prestigious Fairmont brand, the designers created environments open to the city, encouraging local and international clienteles to embrace the legendary hotel’s living and work spaces. The transformation included the modernization of some 950 guest rooms and suites and the creation of new public spaces such as the Grand Hall, the Agora, a business campus, Marché Artisans, Rosélys restaurant, Nacarat bar and Krema café.
Built in 1958 as a world-class modern hotel, the Queen Elizabeth has played a role in numerous key Montreal events and hosted an impressive number of heads of state, influential businesspeople and celebrities, contributing to the international stature of the hotel, the city and Canada. It remains Canada’s largest hotel east of Toronto.
Founded in 1955, the Montreal office of Architecture49 (formerly Arcop) continues to make its mark on architecture in Montreal, in Quebec and across Canada. The firm specializes in managing large-scale projects and executing complex programs. It has many notable achievements to its credit in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of buildings, including numerous hotel projects. The transformation of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is part of a long and productive relationship with Fairmont Hotels, including projects such as the Pratte wing of the Château Frontenac (1993), the renovation of the Manoir Richelieu (1999), The Queen Elizabeth (1998-2004), Fairmont Mont-Tremblant (1995 and 2008) and various mandates for the Château Montebello (rooms and public spaces, from 1998 to 2009) including the Conference Centre (2009).
The firm’s current hotel projects include construction of the Avani Centre in Surrey, B.C., in consortium with ACDF* ARCHITECTURE and the Parq Vancouver hotel and casino (B.C.), in consortium with ACDF* ARCHITECTURE and Groupe IBI.
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Official project name: Hôtel Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth/Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Location: 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Client: Ivanhoé Cambridge
Surface area: 690,000 sq.ft.
Concept and vision: Sid Lee Architecture
Interior design: Sid Lee Architecture
Interior design collaborators: Design 360 Unlimited (guest rooms), BlazysGérard, Nicole Vekemans, Fairmont Design+Construction
Architects: Sid Lee Architecture | Architecture49, architectural consortium
General contractor: Pomerleau
Structural engineers: SDK et associés
Electromechanical engineers: Dupras Ledoux Inc.
Lighting consultants: Lightemotion
F&B consultants: Next Step Design, BPC Enterprises
Art consultants: MASSIVart
Photographer: Stéphane Brügger