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Linked to Montreal via the Champlain Bridge, which opened in 1962, Nuns’ Island is a time capsule of mid-century development. The area even boasts a trio of apartment buildings designed by none other than Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Just a short drive away from one of these towers, Provencher Roy recently completed a retrofit of two of Nuns’ Island’s smaller bridges that addresses another, less praiseworthy remnant of that era: its auto-centric urban planning. Leveraging innovative materials and novel forms, the firm’s reimagined Darwin Bridges successfully shift the dynamic between pedestrian and car.

An aerial view of the Darwin Bridges in Montreal featuring a pedestrian pathway underneath and a landscaped park in between them.

As the original bridges (which were constructed in the 1960s) approached the end of their material lifespans, a rebuild posed an...

On Nuns’ Island, New Bridges Cater to Car and Foot Traffic Alike

Provencher Roy reimagines a pair of Montreal bridges with greenery and glass.

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