Montreal’s Olympic Park biodome is set to receive a massive redesign thanks to AZPML & KANVA, Kuehn Malvezzi, and Lacaton & Vassal. The teams won a competition to transform the site of the 1979 Olympic Games developing new spaces inside the velodrome, including a glasshouse in the botanical garden and an insectarium.
Kuehn Malvezzi’s winning design will bring a new insectarium to the site. The project includes a string of buildings that will take visitors through the metamorphic life process of bugs from different environments around the globe. From a pond environment of aquatic insects, to the close quarters of a cocoon, visitors will experience the life of insects – ending in a butterfly house that combines insects with the flora of a botanical garden.
A new botanical glass house designed by Parisian firm Lacaton & Vassal will fit snugly in an existing rose garden. The glazed glass walls will allow visitors to enjoy the rose gardens while viewing the new botanical exhibitions.
A Space for Life natural science museum, housed in the glass-domed velodrome, will be the focus of the redesign. AZPML joined up with Montreal’s KANVA firms to create a series of environments under the dome which will replicate natural habitats in both Canada and the United States of America. In one day, visitors will experience polar ice caps, indoor forests, and water environments.
The new project will break ground in 2016, with the plan to be completed by Montreal’s 375th birthday in 2017.