As an architectural photographer, The Montreal Metro project came about not only by a fascination of station interiors, but also seizing the opportunity to observe the energy and efficiency of the public movement within these spaces. The Montreal Metro is Canada's busiest rapid transit system and third busiest in North America (by daily ridership) only behind New York City and Mexico City.  Inspired by the Paris Metro system, Metro de Montreal is renowned for its modernist architecture and public art installations by local Quebec artists. The transit system exemplifies function, accessibility and reliability without sacrificing the aesthetic and style unique to the city of Montreal.

I spent two weeks exploring stations in Montreal's underground network with my trusty Hasselblad and a bag of film in tow.  Below is a small sample of what I encountered on this journey.  {click images to enlarge}  

-Shaun Bonneau

Georges Vanier

Designed by Pierre-W. Major, the Georges Vanier Metro Station is one of the least used in Montreal's network since it does not service any bus routes.  The voluminous underground space is a classic example 1980s modernism. 

Place-Des-Artes 

Architect David Boulva, et Cleve built the Place-Des-Artes Metro Station in the 1960s as part of Montreal's original network.  The large open volumed station is joined by RESO (The Underground City) to Place-Des-Artes cultural complex and Universite du Quebec a Montreal.

Lionel-Groulx 

Designed in the late 1970s, Yves Roy's Lionel-Groulx Metro Station is one of the heaviest trafficked in the network.  The stacked cross-platform interchange succeeds in serving both the green and orange lines with minimal interruption of service. 

 

Champ De Mars

Champ De Mars opened in 1966 as part of the original metro network of Old Montreal.  Designed by Adalbert Niklewicz, the station was built in open cut fashion due to the presence of weak surrounding rock.  Quebec artist Mercelle Ferron designed the brilliant stained glass windows illuminating the mezzanine of the station.

Beaudry

Another station designed by Adalbert Niklewicz, Beaudry Metro Station contains a transept leading to a unique inclined moving sidewalk through a tunnel traversing the distance between De Maisonneuve Boulevard and Saint Catherine Street.  

Acadie 

Located in Montreal's Parc-Extension District, Acadie Metro Station is partially decorated in bold colors and local art pieces. Architects Henri Mercier, Pierre Boyer-Mercier, & Patrice Poirer built the traditional side platform station (as opposed to island platform) to open in 1988 as part of Montreal's blue line.

s.e.bonneau photography - all images copyright Shaun Bonneau 2016-2018