About our Correspondent: Trung Nguyen is a teacher, a father, a photographer. He is driven by exploring and learning about art, culture, technology and design. His work in photography is fueled by his desire to document not only beautiful craft, but also about the people behind it.

Montreal’s festival season is in full swing at the Quartier des Spectacles, and we might have found one of the best locations to fully enjoy it. This condominium project isn’t simply well located, right next to the Place des Festivals; its very architecture is directly inspired by Montreal’s music scene. The name of the tower, Le Peterson, is a tribute to famous Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.

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The shapes of the wrap around balconies – a feature you won’t see on any other tower in Montreal – from the 11th floor and up mimic the elegant curves that you find on a grand piano. The architect behind the project is Bruno Saint-Jean, the man who also gave Montreal another distinctive landmark: Le Sanctuaire du Mont-Royal, a luxury mega-project near Outremont.

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Le Peterson can be seen on the right of this picture. Notice the big rectangular hole at the higher portion of the building : that’s the 3-storey high terrace! Paul Jussaume, from Le Peterson’s development team, gave us a private tour to share some insights on what will be a one of the most interesting residential projects at the heart of Montreal’s cultural district. Hard hat and construction boots are mandatory! (And some cardio because the lift was not available that day…)

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We first climbed the stairs to the lofts’ levels where a model unit was being prepared for visitors. All lofts have floor to ceiling windows that flood each unit with light. It’s a very nice feature, especially when you live downtown, surrounded by tall buildings that leave little direct sunlight to their neighbours.

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Paul then brought me outside, on one of the curvy wrap around balconies that give the tower its distinctive look. From the 18th floor, it was possible to have a clear view over la Place des Festivals.

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We then made a quick stop at the 28th floor, first of all because I needed to catch my breath trying to follow Paul, whose cardio is on point since he jogs every morning, but also because he wanted to show me something grand. At the moment of my visit, there were scaffolding structures that were maybe 27-feet tall.

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By the time of completion, the 28th floor will feature a 3-storey high terrace, with floor to ceiling glass windows on one side to admire the view of the Mont-Royal and a perfectly clear view on the other to observe all of Montreal’s skyscrapers in one panorama. Here’s a crazy idea, why not throw in there a cone-shaped climbing wall 300 feet above ground? I definitely want to try that out on my next visit.

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Our last stop was at the penthouse levels which still had temporary steel columns and improvised wood railings to keep us safe… Even though I wasn’t able to get close to the edge, it was one of the best views I have ever seen of Montreal: other tall buildings weren’t close enough to obstruct the landscape that unfolded before my eyes; instead they were part of it. Hopefully, I will be able to come back to capture some proper night cityscapes for the pleasure of our readers.

I would like to thank Paul Jussaume for this exciting hard hat tour. Climbing 31 floors was well worth it! More info on Lepeterson.com.

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Trung Nguyen
Montreal Correspondent
A teacher, a father, a photographer, Trung is driven by exploring and learning about art, culture, technology and design. His works in photography are fueled by his desire to document not only beautiful craft, but also about the people behind it.