Situated in Old Montreal with its façade on prestigious St. Jacques Street, BANK stands out with its neo-classical colonnade. This important remnant is a reminder of the glory days of Montreal’s banking sector and the city’s reign as the country’s financial capital.
The BANK project is a unique architectural experience that revitalizes this former head office of the Royal Bank of Canada. Its designers have created this experience by juxtaposing the old and the new in a bold way, creating a dramatic vertical space between the bank’s original colonnade and the new glass residential façade.
This juxtaposition of the old and the new gives rise to original visual relations, placing residents in a light-filled vertical garden suspended between history and the avant-garde. Similarly, the vertical garden is inserted between the building and the party wall of 225 St. Jacques, bringing light, views and fresh air to residences on the lower floors.
Rising above its heritage vestiges the innovative design of the façade takes inspiration from the bank façades found on St. Jacques Street by incorporating the vertical dynamic of their colonnades in its glass and stone composition. The result is a resolutely modern and graphic architectural signature with sweeping views of the Old Port and Mount Royal.