Living in the ‘Centre-vide' (Empty centre)
Infrastructure + Architecture = Housing Infrastructure
The interstitial space resulting in the implantation of transportation infrastructure is an empty space perceived as an unproductive space in the metropolis. However, it is necessary to workings public life: its poeticism resides precisely within this ambiguity. Constructing this empty space is to preserve the ground as a support to social life and as a densification of improbable urban places at the foot of infrastructure. It gives the opportunity to infrastructure, via a juxtaposition, to connect the residential habitat to urban life.
Social housing, via its efficient and dense character, engages in a dialogue with public infrastructure in order to define itself as an infrastructure of housing. Directly connected to the network of the city-centre, housing infrastructure is both a source of human potential and a mixed programmatic pole which enriches the social life of inhabitants. The infrastructure of housing, erected as an emblem of habitat in the midst of Montreal's city centre, affirms through its monumentality the importance accorded to the integration of the individual into the collective city.
(Competitor's text, translated by L.e.a.p.)