Montreal gets its very own Toronto-style concert hall

This morning in Montreal, Jean Charest unveiled the design for the new concert hall for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Kent Nagano was on board, as was Lucien Bouchard, who’s the chair of the orchestra’s board, and who brings poignant irony with him wherever he goes. Architect for the new hall is Jack Diamond of Toronto’s Diamond and Schmitt Architects, which may help explain why the new hall looks eerily like Schmitt’s Four Seasons Centre, his downtown Toronto opera house. The shape’s different because this room isn’t for opera. But the room vocabulary — Blonde! Beige! — is pure Diamond. Here, they made a video:

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