Videotron Centre

Quebec City

  • Services

    Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design

  • Typologies

    Arenas

  • Building Activities

    Concerts, Ice Hockey

  • Location

    North America

  • Completion

    2015

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.

 

  • The main entry hall offers a grand public plaza with a translucent facade, blurring the lines between interior and exterior while also providing inviting glimpses inside.

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
Capacity
18,000
Size
688,890 sf
Cost
$370 million
Awards
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
Project Team

Brad Clark

Brent Roberts

Gabe Braselton

Jason Carmello

Kurt Amundsen

Geoff Cheong

Jim Jamis

Tracy Payne

Chris Minter