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  • June 4, 2015

The landscaping around the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium earns praise for Montréal Space for Life

  • Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Meteorite forest
Photo: CSLA

Since it opened in April 2013, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium has won numerous distinctions.  This time, the award in the “landscaping” category was presented to the city of Montréal, at the 28th conference of the Les Arts etla Ville network.

The landscaping, by Fauteux et associés architectes paysagistes, transformed the huge site that welcomed the new star in the Montréal Space for Life constellation two years ago. Their work has in fact already received national recognition, winning in the “Design – Regional Merit” category from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) earlier this spring.

The new landscaping takes the form of simple and esthetic allegories of the solar system, while adding touches of green that were sorely lacking in this area. The planet square, meteorite forest and starry prairie – the latter an enormous green roof – create a universe with a unique personality, adding to the astronomy experience at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. It’s a very appropriate approach for a venue that so perfectly combines science, art and emotion! 

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