Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design
Concerts, Ice Hockey
CHALLENGE. Together with ABCP Architecture, we were challenged to capture Quebec City’s culture and address the city’s need for a multi-functional venue to accommodate a wide array of events. Adjacent to ExpoCite – the city’s 4-million-square-foot exhibition center that hosts trade shows, events and business gatherings – the arena’s site was an opportunity to create a flexible, iconic and accessible entertainment space that would define the district.
INNOVATION. The arena’s interior design makes elegant use of simple geometry to evoke notions of winters in Quebec City and drifting snow on the landscape. Outside, the arena mass becomes a “drift” itself, with multiple ribbons of glazing cascading 360 degrees around the exterior. These provide fractures of light and views for patrons as they move throughout the two public and two premium concourses.
Designed for maximum flexibility, the arena allows for a variety of concert and show configurations – ranging from a 3,700-seat intimate theater experience to nearly 20,000 for a center stage concert. Two open bar spaces, which are accessible to all spectators and an array of premium spaces are also incorporated.
IMPACT. Videotron Centre had an immediate impact on Quebec City’s entertainment landscape when it opened in 2015, attracting the globe’s best entertainers and also the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as a permanent tenant. The arena’s elegant design and multi-functionality of spaces, configurations and premium seating offerings ensure the viability of the arena for decades to come.
In the Mayor’s own words, the project is a ‘prime example of efficient project management’ and ‘tangible proof that it is possible to build major infrastructure in a cost-effective and timely manner’.Annie Morin / Le Soleil newspaper
Facts and Figures
- 688,890 sf
- $370 million
- International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities, Silver Medal
- AIA Kansas City Design Excellence
- Urban Design Institute Honors
- Stadia Magazine’s Top 5 World News Sports Facilities
- The Merits of Architecture of the City of Quebec, Universal Accessibility Category
- The Merits of Architecture of the City of Quebec, Municipal Projects Category
- The Merits of Architecture of the City of Quebec, Audience Award