The Habitat Design Prize Contest is revealing its recipients for 2020!

GREATER MONTREAL BUILDERS AND THEIR TEAMS OF DESIGNERS CELEBRATE THE TALENT AND CREATIVITY OF HABITAT DESIGN PRIZE WINNERS

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Montréal, November 26, 2020 – Within the framework of a highly anticipated virtual ceremony, several of the most important housing companies in the Greater Montreal area have turned their spotlights onto winners of the 2020 Habitat Design Prize contest that celebrates talent, creativity and the remarkable genius of creators and craftspersons in the residential construction field.

These awards – some fifteen of which were distributed this year – aim at recognizing the excellence of proposed designs of new housing units constructed in the metropolitan area in Montreal. To do so, the contest encourages the integration of a high-quality interior design through a multidisciplinary approach, which represents a sure competitive advantage to design ergonomic, functional and aesthetical housing units and market them to an increasingly environmentally sensitive public by offering what designers call “well-being in all its dimensions”.

The landscape architecture Val-Mar Challenge
In collaboration with the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ) for a third year, the landscape architecture Val-Mar Challenge has allowed us to reward landscape architecture firms that have proposed original and innovating pool and green space landscapes for a high luxury residence or for a multi-family complex.

The Visual Identity/Graphic Design Prize
The visual communication and the brand image of a residential project are key elements that contribute to the overall value of a project. Requirements of buyers looking for a housing product that corresponds to their needs encourage promoters to implement solid information and seduction strategies in the form of visual tools that communicate the spirit of a project and facilitate its appropriation. The logo and the brand image, a Web site, a brochure and printed material, sales office signage and design, photos, videos, 2D or 3D renderings and sometimes promotional by-products. The visual identity and graphic design intend here at providing the project with a unique and catchy personality, that is easy to understand and to remember while enriching the promise made to buyers of a living environment in their image that will respect their values and exceed their expectations.

Presented in collaboration with the Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ), this prize highlights the quality, the relevance and the coherence of the visual identity as deployed on all its digital and physical supports.

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – People’s Choice – Fitted Model Units and People’s Choice – Sales offices
In addition to prizes awarded by the jury, we distribute awards among the most appreciated by participants, Habitat Design Grand Prizes in the People’s Choice category – Fitted Model Units and in the Sales office category. This year, the race to earn the public favor has gathered some fifteen finalists in each category. All those who took part in the public vote, that is essentially administered on a Web site created to that purpose and launched by duProprio, were automatically eligible to a $2,500 prize draw offered by GE Appliances.

Habitat Design Prizes – Sales office category and Fitted Model Unit category
Buyers enjoy the increasingly diversified proposals that are presented to them. For builders waiting for their visit, this translated into finely decorated wonderful model units and into highly inviting sales offices. The buyer may thusgather ideas and begin feeding his dream of a future new house. It is in such a context that the Habitat Design Prize contest was born and promoted in partnership with the Association des designers d’intérieur du Québec (APDIQ) and the FORMES magazine.

Regarding the Fitted Model Unit category, the jury was made up of interior designers who are members of the APDIQ, namely Michèle Lalumière, Jean deLessard, Lucie Roy and Mélodie Violet.

In the Sales Office category, the jury included the architect André Bourassa, the graphic designer Shawn Bedford, the famous industrial designer Michel Dallaire, the interior designer Marco Brissette, and the landscape architect Tracey Hesse.

Besides, the Visual Identity category included the following graphic designers: Shawn Bedford, Olivier Bruel, Mario Mercier, Julie Royer and Isabelle Toussaint.

Finally, laureates of the Landscape Architecture Val-Mar Challenge were selected by Isabelle Dupras, Eric Fleury and Nadège Tchuente, who are all well-known professionals in the field.

“Habitat Design Prizes were created to promote multidisciplinary approaches attracting architecture and design professionals, as well as actors from the residential construction industry from the very beginning of the project to have them collaborate and thus come up with increasingly interesting achievements,” said Claude Paquin, editor of the FORMES magazine.

Habitat Design Prizes 2020 sponsors and partners are the Association professionnelle des designers d’intérieur du Québec (APDIQ), the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ), the Société des designers graphiques du Québec, duProprio, GE Appliances, Val-Mar, and the FORMES magazine.

Habitat Design Prize winners for 2020

Val-Mar Challenge

Landscape architecture Val-Mar Challenge
Category: Multi-residential complex
Patricia Lussier, landscape architect of the Lemay company for the exterior development design of the Gatsby Condominiums project. (Ville-Marie)

Landscape architecture Val-Mar Challenge
Category: Luxury single-family house
Marie-France Turgeon, landscape architect of the EVOQ Architecture company for the exterior development design of a single-family house near the Rigaud river.


Sales Office Category

Habitat Design Prize – Jury’s Special Mention – Sales Office category
Outdoor setting design category
Monarc Condominiums (Saint-Laurent)
• Builder: Trantor Immobilier
• Architecture: NEUF Architect(e)s
• Landscape architecture: Plantopia
• Interior design: Lemay + Escobar
• Graphic design: Idea Factory
• Graphic design (digital tools): Idea Factory

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Sales Office category – Jury’s choice:
Projects worth between $25M and $125M
Gatsby Condominiums (Ville-Marie)
• Builder: Groupe Kevlar
• Architecture: Lemay
• Landscape architecture: Lemay Achitecture de paysages
• Interior design: BlazysGérard
• Graphic design: Les Évadés
• Graphic design (digital tools): Les Évadés

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Sales Office category – Jury’s choice:
Projects worth between $125M and $250M
Les Cours Bellerive (Mercier East)
• Builder: Développement Les Cours Bellerive inc. (Prével Alliance et Inovim)
• Architecture: Forme Studio Architecture
• Landscape architecture: Groupe BC2
• Interior design: Gauvreau Design
• Graphic design: Human
• Graphic design (digital tools): Human et Graph Synergie

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Sales Office category – Jury’s choice:
Projects worth over $250M
1 Square Phillips (Ville-Marie)
• Builder: Groupe Brivia
• Architecture: Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneux
• Landscape architecture: Claude Cormier + Associates
• Interior design: Alain Desgagnés firme Innédesign
• Graphic design: MP1
• Graphic design (digital tools): Smartpixel.tv


Fitted Model Unit category

Habitat Design Prizes – Jury’s choice – Fitted Model Unit category
Fitted Model Unit category worth less than $325,000
Néo Condos (Saint-Léonard)
• Builder: Altius et Consortium QMD-Ménard
• Architecture: Marco Manini Architects
• Interior design: Carangelo Design by Antonietta Carangelo

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Fitted Model Unit category – Jury’s choice
Fitted Model Unit category worth between $325,000 and $500,000
Symphonia Sol (Nuns’ Island – Verdun)
• Builder: Développements Symphonia 1 inc. (Westcliff)
• Architecture: Provencher-Roy
• Interior design: Alain Desgagnés firme Innédesign

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Fitted Model Unit category – Jury’s choice
Fitted Model Unit category worth between $500,000 and $750,000
Aquablu Phase 2 (Laval)
• Developer: Canderel
• Builder: EBC
• Architecture: TLA Architects
• Interior design: CAMDI Design Lipari Design

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Fitted Model Unit category – Jury’s choice
Fitted Model Unit category worth over $750,000
Humaniti Collection penthouse (Ville-Marie)
• Builder: Cogir Immobilier; DevMcgill
• Architecture: Lemay architecture (Andrew King)
• Interior design: Lemay + Escobar (Andres Escobar) and DevMcGill


People’s Choice Category

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Fitted Model Unit category
People’s Choice
BEAcité Bungalows et cottages (Sainte-Julie)
• Builder: Maisons Pépin inc.
• Architecture: Design Elitek
• Interior design: Nathalie Pépin

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Sales Office category
People’s Choice
1 Square Phillips (Ville-Marie)
• Builder: Groupe Brivia
• Architecture: Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneux
• Landscape architecture: Claude Cormier + Associates
• Interior design: Alain Desgagnés firme Innédesign
• Graphic design: MP1
• Graphic design (digital tools): Smartpixel.tv


Visual Identity/Graphic Design Category

Habitat Design Prizes – Visual Identity/Graphic Design Category
Jury’s choice– Special Prize for Creativity/Visual identity
Esplanade Cartier (Ville-Marie)
• Builder: Prével
• Architecture: NOS Architectes
• Landscape architecture: Kub paysage
• Interior design: Gauvreau Design
• Graphic design: Paprika

Habitat Design Grand Prizes – Visual Identity/Graphic Design Category
Jury’s choice
Solstice Montréal (Ville-Marie)
• Builder: Consortium QMD-Ménard
• Architecture: Neuf architecte(s)
• Landscape architecture: Neuf architecte(s)
• Interior design: Neuf architecte(s)
• Graphic design: MP1
• Graphic design (digital tools): MP1 et Six Communications Inc.

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duProprio
Association professionnelle des designers d'intérieur du Québec
Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec
Val-Mar
Magazine Formes
Société des designers graphique du Québec
GE