Théâtre de Verdure

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Open Air Theatre

The “Théâtre de Verdure” is an existing open air amphitheatre located in the La Fontaine Park in Montreal. It is in need of renovation and updating. Designed in 1956 as an outdoor cinema, its programing has shifted towards dance and comedy. The stage must be increased in size, there must be a permanent roof to suspend the props, it must also integrate in the landscape of the park.

Location 4020, avenue du Parc-La Fontaine, Montréal, Canada

Status Feasibility study 2016

Client City of Montreal

Type Theatre, Performance, Cultural, Public

Site Area 2 800 m²

Seating Capacity 3 000


The Stage and the Park

The proposed stage, used for 3 months of the year for shows, is equipped with sliding back and side panels to make it an accessible pavilion during the remaining 9 months.

The stage’s backdrop was originally a projection screen for movies.


An Island that becomes a Boardwalk

Built on an artificial island, the original stage of 1956 turned its back on the lake.

The new stage is designed as a park pavilion and esplanade that gives access to the water.


A Flexible Stage

The new proposed stage is designed as a platform with a roof supported by two columns and two technical cores that store a series of sliding panels.

The panels allow to close the back and sides of the play area for shows.

The stage island is linked with the existing path network. It is no longer a barrier, but becomes part of the landscape.


The cross section shows the evolution of the amphitheatre, from the original 1956 design, to the 2004 adaptation, to the 2016 proposal.


The Seats

The purpose of the renovation is to make the amphitheatre accessible and inviting throughout the year. The agora must allow a crowd to attend a show.

Rows of wood blocks laid in an arc pattern create a series of steps and surfaces to sit and rest. There are no backrests to allow people to hop from one row to another.

The original stage was much smaller. It had an orchestra pit and two side towers for projector lights and speakers.


Closing the Loop

The renovation of the open air amphitheatre makes it an all year pavillon. The island is made accessible.

The theatre functions are located under the stage to free the views and be secure.


The Plan

The Theatre de Verdure is similar to the Cogeco amphitheatre project in scale. The seating capacity of 3 000 (including the lawn) is similar to the total seating of 3 500. The stage of this project accepts smaller shows and does not have the technical capacities of the Cogeco.

This building is expected to blend in the landscape rather than being an urban landmark.


Project Team

Architect Atelier Paul Laurendeau
Project Architect and Lead Designer Paul Laurendeau

Theatre Consultant Guy Simard