As 1700 La Poste enters its second year, it showcases the work of Luc Laporte with an itinerary tracing the evolution of the projects and proposals designed by this discreet, independent, creative, and visionary architect.
Exclusively for this occasion, Montréal’s UBU theatre company presents L’homme qui marche (The Man Who Walks), a small urban phantasmagoria with excerpts from texts and poems drawn from Laporte’s personal library. The puppet theatre is a playful nod to the architect’s fascination with performance spaces of all kinds.
In addition to inviting visitors to discover or rediscover Laporte’s works, 1700 La Poste—the architect’s last project—also presents a number of his design proposals. Cité pour 33 296 habitants (City for 33,296 Inhabitants), commissioned by the Musée regional de Rimouski, imagines a car-free utopian city with no parking facilities, conceived on a human scale. Small public squares and other gathering places are scattered throughout. The plan saw the population of Rimouski moving onto Île Saint-Barnabé, with the island’s waterfront reserved for agriculture and parkland.
The event is also an opportunity for Laporte’s friends and colleagues, among them artists and writers, to pay homage to the architect.
The architect Luc Laporte (1942-2012) was born in Montréal, where he worked all his life. His legacy to the city includes projects that have left a defining mark on the urban character of Montréal. Laporte made a name for himself by building the interiors of some of the city’s best-loved restaurants, notablyL’Express, Leméac, Valois, Holder, Laloux, Café du Nouveau Monde (TNM), Via Roma, Restaurant de l’Institut (ITHQ), Trattoria dei Baffone (since demolished) and the now-defunct Sam. He also designed a number of performance venues, including the Musée Juste pour Rire and its Cabaret, as well as the latest iteration of Club Soda. He guided the renovation and expansion of the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT). He also designed office spaces, among them a commission for Dentsubos Inc., and commercial spaces such as the boutique Arthur Quentin. We have him to thank as well for a number of Montréal landmarks, including the pavilion at the Bassin Bonsecours and the late, great Lux, an iconic 1980s café-bar-restaurant-dépanneur. His final project was the restoration of today’s 1700 La Poste.
Laporte’s distinctively humanist and ecological architecture is a subtle mix of European elegance and avant-garde American style. He was passionate about urban planning, and constantly reimagined the city while on his long walks. An admirer of Parisian city culture, he successfully adapted the French brasserie style to the Montréal context, creating interiors that effortlessly bridge historical periods, undistracted by passing fads. Convivial and welcoming, the spaces created by Laporte are poetic environments, bathed in natural light. Thanks to a meticulous selection of time-tested materials and novel compositions, Laporte’s body of work stands out for its coherence and timeless design.
1700 Notre-Dame Street W
Montreal (Qc) H3J 1M3
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Given the actual circumstances,
1700 La Poste suspends all its activities for an undetermined period.
A new opening date for the exhibition dedicated to Geneviève Cadieux will be announced as soon as possible.
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Group visits are available to everyone. They can be scheduled at any time during our opening hours. In order to ensure the availability of a mediator, communicate with Florence Chapdelaine D. by phone at (438) 384-1700 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be advised that 1700 La Poste is not available for rent.