Using Marble To Marry Past And Present

marble tilesThe collection housed in the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a marriage of past and present works of Quebec and Canadian Art. It is appropriate that the Pavilion itself is a carefully curated design marrying past and present architecture.

The Museum wanted to incorporate the deconsecrated Erskine and American Church with new construction to create a functional site for concerts and exhibits. The church is a Romanesque Revival building over a century old, and the desire was to preserve it as a national historic site while combining it with the new structure in a way that enhanced both old and new. The architects of the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion were awarded the Urban Development Institute of Quebec 2011 Excellence Award.

The architects needed to find materials that could be consistent with older building materials used in the complex and yet present a distinctly contemporary look. They chose white marble from the same quarry in Vermont that supplied earlier projects, “linking them physically and symbolically.” The 1,500 sheets of marble covering the outside of the Bourgie Pavilion were cut consecutively, creating a pattern of veining that repeats times.

This use of marble marries the past buildings of the Museum complex with the newest additions to the complex. But marble doesn’t have to be in museums to be appreciated. Many homes have used marble as floor and wall tiling for centuries, so marble works very well in historic homes. The use of marble works well in contemporary homes, too, as the Museum project proves.

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