Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

National Urban Design Awards — 2016 Recipient

Impulse
Montreal
QC
Award Category: 
National Urban Design Awards
Urban Fragments

Lateral Office / CS Design

Impulse transforms the urban realm into a space of play through a series of thirty interactive see-saws which transform when in motion. The seesaws form units of light and sound that can be played by the public to create a temporal event. When not in use, the see-saws stabilize to the horizontal and remain at a lower glowing level. The see-saws shift along the length of the public space while their vertical motion creates a dynamic light and sound wave. Playing with ideas of serialism and variation, Impulse is an ever-changing urban composition and urban instrument, engaging to all ages, in which city dwellers are the musicians and artists.

Jury Comment(s): 

"With Impulse, the installation of a line of LED-lit seesaws transforms the plaza into a night-time winter playground. The result is innovative and playful and brings people out into the city. The jury was so delighted with both entries that they elected to recognize the owner/organizer, Le Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles de Montréal, with a certificate of merit."

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Photo: Ulysse Lemerise

Photo: Ulysse Lemerise

Photo: Etienne de Massy

Image: Lateral Office

Image: Martine Doyon

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