5 Place Ville Marie: Exterior Recladding

The entire façade of 5 Place Ville Marie, originally constructed in 1966, was re-clad to give the building a lighter, more transparent and contemporary character, appropriate to its privileged position overlooking Place Ville Marie in the heart of Montreal’s central business district.

The deteriorated pre-cast concrete and tinted glass façade was replaced by a new curtain wall composed of Low-E clear glass set in painted aluminum frames with the back painted glass spandrels. The location of the glass was changed from the previous design and placed on the outermost perimeter thereby increasing the rentable area. On the upper four floors (added by a previous owner in the 1980s) the mullion spacing in the new curtain wall was doubled from five to ten feet by eliminating every other mullion, thus making legible the well-proportioned volume of the original building and minimizing the apparent bulk of the expansion.

Show Facts

The central tower of Place Ville Marie, the PCF&P-designed complex in downtown Montreal


Recladding of 175,000 ft2 / 16,000 m2–area facade, lobby renovations



PCF&P Services

exterior envelope, renovation

lead designer

Henry N. Cobb

Project Credits

Associate Architect: Provencher Roy et Associes Architectes; Structural: Nicolet Chartrand Knoll, Ltd.; Mechanical / Electrical: BPA