AIRPORTS | ’70s Visions of Flight :: Montréal-Mirabel ::: Presentation Panel/Panneau de présentation by F.R. Shieder

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Aérogare de l’Aéroport international de Montréal, Mirabel, Québec

Panneau de présentation. F.R. Shieder, concepteur ; Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc Edwards, architectes
Entre 1970 et 1972
Source : Fonds Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, ARCH250432

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I love F.R. Shieder’s panneau de présentation of the promise of aviation that was Mirabel. Not to belittle their work, but when blown-up, this presentation panel looks like the work of Douglas Coupland.

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Usually architectural renderings are more beautiful and glamorous than the reality of the completed project. In this case, however, the architects improved upon what was initially envisioned and presented to the public.

One significant change between Papineau, Gérin-Lajoie, LeBlanc and Edwards Architects’ presentation board and reality was a significant refinement in the terminal’s ceiling plan, from this gawky (and rather primitive looking) exposed space frame to an elegant panelled ceiling:

The change in columns from square to round was another wise decision.

And, is that an Air Canada supersonic flying out of the terminal’s roof? Ah … visions of the future.

CCA | Aéroport international de Montréal, Mirabel

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