Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Healthcare Architecture, Winner in Architectural Design / Heritage Architecture
Firm Location, Canada
CompanyCannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s
Lead ArchitectJose Silva, AIA
Design TeamJose Silva, Azad Chichmanian
ClientConstruction Santé Montréal

Occupying two full city blocks in the heart of
downtown Montreal, the Centre hospitalier de
l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) is the largest
healthcare construction project in North
America and one of the largest current
healthcare projects 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, encompass 35 medical disciplines, and
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 neighborhood into Montreal’s new
Health District.
Furthering the CHUM’s connection to the public
is an ambitious art program totalling more
than $2 million USD. In total, CHUM will have
13 large-scale works incorporated into the
design—the largest in the public program’s
history and the largest concentration of
public art since Montreal’s Expo 1967.