Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, the most populated city in the province of Quebec, and the eighth most populous city in North America. In 2016, it recorded a population of 3,519,595 people. Montreal is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world, although there is a tradition that no building should be taller than Mount Royal. Recently, local architects have proposed that city council should ban the height restriction rule.
The Tallest Buildings in Montreal
1000 de la Gauchetière
1000 de la Gauchetière is the tallest building in Montreal, standing at a height of 205 m (673 ft) with 51 floors. The skyscraper is named after its address, 1000 De La Gauchetire Street West, located in the city’s downtown core. The building is owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge and has an atrium which holds a large ice skating rink which makes it popular.
1250 René-Lévesque, which is also called the IBM-Marathon Tower, is the second tallest building in Montreal. The building is 199 m (653 ft) tall and has 47 floors of both closed and open office spaces.
Tour de la Bourse
Tour de la Bourse is the third tallest building in Montreal. Also known as Place Victoria or Stock Exchange Tower, the building is 190 m tall and has 48 floor
Place Ville-Marie is the fourth tallest building in Montreal, standing at a height of 188 m and a total of 43 floors. It is one of the most popular skyscrapers in Montreal, because it is the only building designed in the shape of a crucifix and has rotating lights that can be seen at a distance of more than 50 kilometers away.
CIBC Tower has a height of 187 m (614 ft) and has 45 floors. The building is owned and managed by the British Columbia Investment Corporation (BCIC). If its communication antenna is included, the building has a total height of 225 m (738 ft).
L’Avenue has a height of 184 m (604 ft) and has 50 floors. The tower includes 350 condos, which makes it the tallest residential building in the city, followed by Tour des Canadiens.
Tour des Canadiens
Tour des Canadiens is the seventh tallest building in Montreal, standing at a height of 167 m (548 ft). It has 50 floors and is a residential building that consists of 552 condos. It is located next to the Bell Centre, a hockey arena in downtown Montreal. The building is named after the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, which is a co-owner of the project. Construction of Tour des Canadiens started in 2013 and ended in 2016.
1501 McGill College
1501 McGill College, also known as La Tour McGill, stands at a height of 158 m (518 ft) and has 36 floors. The building was constructed by WZMH Architects and completed in 1992.
Complexe Desjardins South Tower
Complexe Desjardins South Tower stands at a heigh of 152 m (499 ft) and has 40 floors. The tower was built to help redevelop the eastern part of downtown Montreal.
Roccabella East Tower
Roccabella East Tower is a building with 40 floors and a height of 147 m (482 ft). It is a residential building containing 552 condominium units and is located near the Bell Centre at Mountain Street.
Since the city of Montreal has a very high population, it requires many buildings to accommodate the population. Montreal has 42 buildings which have a height greater than 100 m (328 ft). The construction of large buildings has continued increased in the 21st century, and some of the most recent buildings include L’Avenue and Tour des Canadiens.