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Babylone
Montreal, Quebec (in partnership with CDID Design)

This project, in downtown Montreal, employs twin “flying gardens” to link two residential towers above a commercial podium. With the over-riding goal of sustainability, both residential density and green spaces are concentrated and superimposed on the same footprint.

Shopping is offered at the street level while 4 floors of office space support the residents’ amenities and the first garden above. Fourteen and twenty-seven storey towers rise above this plane with the second garden, and additional amenities, linking the 13th and 14th floors.

The gardens are well above the noisy, smoggy, frenetic major artery below and offer Parks in the Sky for the residents choosing to own a home in the downtown area. Entry to the residences is via a 5 storey port-cochère with automobile drop-off/pick-up spaces and direct access to the garage beneath. To achieve the unusual configuration the building structure was conceived using innovative viscous fluid dampers to react to wind loads and the severe seismic conditions in Montreal.