Bourgie Concert Hall | Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

The best acoustics in Montreal


Project Description

In Montreal, it’s a trend to transform abandoned or disused churches into condominium buildings. In the case of the Erskine and American heritage churches, acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, it was instead turned into a sumptuous concert hall destined mainly for chamber music. That’s much better! Our involvement in this transformation allowed us to make every effort to ensure that the original impression of the place could shine through. Well … we agreed that the altar does not have the same vocation but the acoustic characteristic of the place is preserved and even embellished with the acoustic reflector located above the stage. An increased effort was made to ensure that the multimedia systems were integrated in the most discreet way possible.


CLIENT: Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal
DATE: 2011

Our Commitment

The main challenge in this venue was to ensure that the integration of the entire stage machinery and network infrastructure would be as unobtrusive as possible, in order not to alter, and to respect, the historical architecture of this place. The entire church attic is arranged to receive the motorization of the central bridge and side decks, while facilitating access for maintenance and appropriate services.

Some Highlights

Scenic integration Usability
Architectural integration of the main sound system
Acoustic shell
New floor made entirely of wood
Motorized central and side bridges
Wireless touch control panel
Respect of historic character