A VIEW FROM THE TOP

10/18/2016
  • Magazine

With the opening of the Place Ville Marie Observation Deck this past spring, Montrealers have been discovering (and rediscovering) unparalleled views of our fair city, watching the skyline change with each new construction. More accessible than many of the word's other sprawling metropolises, Montreal, with its stunning skyscrapers, stikes the perfect balance between big-city life and home sweet home.

1000 DE LA GAUCHETIÈRE

Towering 232 metres in the air, 1000 De La Gauchetière is the tallest skyscraper in the city. With its copper details and distinctive triangular roof, the iconic building is a must-see in postmodern architecture. Completed in 1992, its design was inspired by neighbouring buildings like the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral and the Marriot Château Champlain hotel.

STOCK EXCHANGE TOWER 

Standing 194 metres tall, the Montreal Stock Exchange Tower is the third tallest building in the city. Completed in 1963, it is older than both the IBM-Marathon Tower and 1000 De La Gauchetière. At the time of construction, and up until 1968, the Stock Exchange Tower held the record as the tallest concrete tower in all of Canada.

IBM-MARATHON TOWER

Located at 1250 René-Lévesque and named after two of its original powerhouse tenants, the IBMMarathon Tower is the second tallest building in the city. It was completed in 1992 and stands 230 metres tall from top to bottom.

AU SOMMET PVM

This past spring, the top three stories of Place Ville Marie opened their doors to the public and have quickly became a must-see attraction for tourists and locals alike. And it’s easy to see why. The newly refurbished space is stunning. The 44th floor houses les Enfants Terribles, a restaurant that boasts an impeccable menu, gorgeous décor and a breathtaking view of the city. On the 45th floor, an interactive exhibition allows visitors to discover the city through video portraits and stories on the city’s many boroughs. At the end of the tour, visitors can select their favourite content, which then becomes veritable propositions for outings and things to discover. Brilliant! And finally, visitors can head up to the 46th floor for an unparalleled view of Montreal’s expanding skyline!

MOUNT ROYAL

Montreal’s urban landscape, built around the iconic Mount Royal, was designed to both preserve and enhance the latter. One of the city’s most emblematic figures, Mount Royal stands 232.5 metres tall and is actually used as the height limit for any building in the city. This by-law, which prohibits any building to be taller than Mount Royal, was actually written into the city’s urban plan in the early 90s.

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