seele was commissioned with the design and construction of a 45 x 15m glass roof positioned about 1.2m above ground level. This 688sqm roof is made up of insulating glass units measuring 15 x 2.5m. These panes are supported on 8- and 14-ply laminated glass beams 14.47m long x 0.9m deep. In addition, seele was responsible for the entrance façades to the shopping mall with their double-leaf side-hung doors and vestibules. The Grand Hall Montreal project enabled seele to demonstrate its structural glass skills in Canada as well. The huge panes of glass for the roof create a feeling of transparency and spaciousness and thus lend the Place Ville Marie more appeal as a central venue.
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