There’s a new hotel/condo building in downtown Montreal, on the corner of Boul. René Lévesque and rue de la Montagne. It has got to be the shiniest building I’ve ever seen. It’s like the whole thing is made of glass and 18/10 stainless steel. I look at it every time I’m sitting on a certain terrace bending my elbow after a long day’s work.
It’s a beautiful sight. I love the stepped balconies and roofs, and the way it shimmers against a blue sky in the afternoon. Unfortunately, from my vantage point on the terrace, the IBM/Marathon building looms up from behind, but at least that older building is also rather silvery too, so it makes for an interesting frame.
A pint or two later in the day, when the sun is getting low in the sky, the steely surface reflects ol’ sol’s dying colors, taking on a nice golden sheen. It’s a beautiful transformation to watch as you sit there, feeling the white hot heat of day slip into the bronzy heat of evening.
No Photoshop tricks here, folks. That’s how it really looks. (Photos taken 90 minutes apart.)
No doubt the condos in that building are outrageously priced, and I have no idea what it adds to the city’s architectural culture from an academic point of view. But it’s a fine looking façade from my chair on the terrace, and I find it hard to pull my eyes away from it.