Montreal World Trade Centre, Montreal

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The World Trade Centre Montreal (in French, Centre de Commerce mondial de Montréal) is a shopping centre, office and hotel complex located in the Quartier international district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Completed in 1992 by Arcop, it is an example of a 'horizontal skyscraper' and a leading example of urban renewal, architectural preservation and rehabilitation. The complex united several smaller Victorian-era commercial buildings (including the city's historic Bank of Nova Scotia building and Canada Steamship Lines building) by encasing them in a larger form, in this case a massive glassed-in atrium running the length of what was once Fortification Lane, itself the site of the city's colonial defensive walls. In a kind of post-modern hommage, a remnant of the Berlin Wall, given to the city in 1992, is on public exhibit within the complex. The complex includes other historic elements, such as a fountain by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal (1699–1757) also donated to the city in 1992. At the far end of the centre is the Montreal InterContinental Hotel.


From the exterior it appears as a quintessential late-19th century Montreal business block with a diverse collection of buildings in different styles. Once inside the rear sections of those buildings have been oriented on to a vast open space, replete with reflecting pool, cafés, boutiques and other diverse services. The interior is united in its impressive open volume and natural lighting, it reveals itself in layers - for the uninitiated the interior space is often thoroughly unexpected.


The Centre is connected to Montreal's underground city and to Square-Victoria-OACI metro station towards the West and Place d'Armes and Place Riopelle to the East.
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  • Montreal's World Trade Center reached out to Americans after Sept. 11th and wanted us to know they were there for us, these are our true allies, and they felt our pain. These are our friends...  more »
  • Beautiful design, very good place for wedding photography. Has a part of Berlin war as a gift to Montreal.  more »
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  • An absolutely beautiful building for visitors to visit. Is there anything nice it terms of business? Not sure I only go there to site see. Check out the fountain and the nice statue. The interior is a marvel of architecture.
  • Interesting space, the architecture and water features are pretty unique, as is the section of the Berlin Wall. It's a good spot to grab a table to work. Lots of tables and seating near the Starbucks.
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