Road Signal for Montreal-Trudeau International Airport




Date of completion : 2015
Time for completion : 1 week
Scale 1 :30
Dimensions : 10″ x 14″ x 12″
Material: Linden Wood | Black Cardboard | Acrylic | LED Lighting



This model represents the signal project for the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. It is located at the intersection of highways 13 and 520 in the Dorval neighborhood of Montreal. This project by architecture firm Pelletier de Fontenay aims to be a signaling light at the motorway entrance of the airport. The model was made in 2015 and its fabrication lasted a week. Its approximate dimensions are 10 x 14 inches for an overall height of 12 inches.

The model, all elements of which are fixed, was made at a scale of 1:300. This scale is well suited to a contemporary project with a minimalist aesthetic. First, the challenge for making this model was the stress management inside the materials to represent the desired twisted effect. In order to prevent the material from returning to its flat shape, a series of wood sticks was worked to embed the tabs that make up the envelope of the signal.

Therefore,the strategy has been to build a sanded clear acrylic prism that expresses the basic structure of the signage element. Then, the envelope made of twisted metal strips was represented with black cardboard for its high malleability, the twisting of the strips could not be performed in a too rigid material. The lettering has been scaled thanks to clear self-adhesive acetate prints.

The prism was installed on to a wooden base made of linden wood with LED lighting from below. Afterwards the model was covered by a protective case in clear acrylic. The built project is also documented on the website of architecture firm Pelletier de Fontenay on following page: ADM élément signalétique


Marriott Hotel Model - Overall view

Marriott Hotel at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport in Dorval




Date of completion : 2006-2007
Time for completion : 6 weeks
Scale 1:150
Dimensions : 24″ x 30″ x 8″
Materials :  Styrene | Acrylic | Linden Wood | Russian Birch Plywood | LED Lighting



The Marrott Dorval project is located in Montreal, near YUL International Airport. Its design was entrusted to the Montreal firm Provencher Roy Architects. First, the model was commissioned by the architects to present the new project to the Marriott group. Subsequently, the model, which had been displayed in the US arrival area during construction, was relocated to the entrance hall of the hotel. It was designed between 2006 and 2007 and its execution lasted for about 6 weeks. The overall dimensions of the base are approximately 24 x 30 inches.

The model, all elements of which are fixed, is at a scale of 1:150. This scale allows to visualize the implantation of the project in the new United States terminal. The model also allows to convey the integration of the project with the large-scale work undertaken at the Canada-United States customs and border crossings following the reinforcement of security measures after the events of September 11, 2001. Moreover, the interior treatment of the model expresses as much as possible the great transparency of the lobby which is open over the entire height of three floors.

The main materials chosen for this model are styrene, because it has great plastic qualities and the ability to transmit colors faithful to those of the construction, molded acrylic and wood that was used in two ways. On the one hand, it is applied on the model to express its own texture, more than for its structural qualities. On the other hand, it is used for the construction of the context and the site to give a neutral aspect to the environment and bring out the model of the building. Then, all glazed part are made of transparent acrylic and a central LED lighting system is installed in the model.

Finally, the model is protected by a transparent acrylic box. To see the presentation of the project by Provencher-Roy