In Montreal, Healthcare Meets Big Public Art Collection

The Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal is not only the largest healthcare construction project in North America, but when the 3-million-square-foot super-hospital is complete, it will also house the largest concentration of public art in Montreal since Expo 67, a half century ago.

A total of 13 large-scale artworks have been incorporated into the final CHUM site design, all of them in the building’s interior and exterior public spaces, of which there are many. Azad Chichmanian, of Neuf Architects, which partnered on the project with New York-headquartered CannonDesign, says the goal was a seamless integration of architecture and art that would be soothing to hospital visitors and welcoming to all.