An eco-creative challenge focused on its neighborhood

It is time to take bold collective action towards circular architecture to accelerate the socio-ecological transition.

With this goal in mind, The Montréal Olympic Park is launching an international idea competition to reuse and valorize the components of the roof of the Olympic Stadium, an emblematic building in Québec and architectural icon on a Canadian scale.

What can be done with hundreds of tons of materials when the current roof of the Montréal Olympic Stadium is dismantled? Will we be able to take up the challenge of this Olympic roof reuse, while being part of a circular architecture approach, thus enhancing the quality of life of citizens impacted by climate change?

The international design and architecture communities, both students and professionals, are invited to propose spaces, objects and processes that will constitute an important legacy for our city and for the Province of Québec.

The aim of this competition is to provide inputs to the Olympic Park’s contemplation on the possibilities of reusing the materials of the Olympic Stadium’s roof.

The review of the existing structure and inventory of existing roof components was prepared with support from schlaich bergermann partner.

An Olympic ambition:

Reuse, recycle and recover the majority of component parts from the Olympic Stadium’s existing roof.

Explore fresh uses for 3 groups of components

42,000 m2 of membranes

This group includes the outer and inner membranes, whose surface area is equivalent to a little more than 26 hockey rinks.

How can we prolong the use of membranes in innovative configurations and installations? Is it possible to restore the traces of time by repurposing?

Outer membrane
Liner membrane

Over 12 kilometers of steel cables

This group includes the support, network, top panel, lower panel and cladding cables. Arranged end to end, they nearly add up to the full length of the iconic boulevard Saint-Laurent, which traverses the entire Montréal Island.

Can new relationships be built with the community and new collective spaces be connected to new use?

Stay cables
Network cables
Top panel cables
Bottom panel cables
Liner cables

A family of 434 connectors

This group consists of steel parts used to anchor the cables and constitute the roof structure.

Will you be able to reunite the connectors in a new setting that will spark the imagination of citizens and visitors alike, or will they be dispersed throughout Montréal, to demonstrate a strong commitment to circular architecture?

Flying masts
Flying forks
Liner hangers
Perimeter truss
Compression ring

Key dates


days left to submit an Olympic idea

Mandatory registration deadline

May 31, 2024

11:59 pm (EST)

Proposals submissions deadline

June 11, 2024

11:59 pm (EST)

Laureates announcement

Summer 2024

People’s Choice Award announcement

Fall 2024


Professional category

4 X $15,000 CAN

Student category

4 X $5,000 CAN

Award categories

Award for full reuse of materials

The proposal(s) that best addresses the challenge to reuse the largest quantity of materials.

Award in innovation, processes and environmental impact

The best proposal(s) that stand out for its innovative or high-performance reuse or recovery process, from dismantling to new installation.

Award for space design

The best layout proposal(s) for indoor or outdoor collective spaces that might be implanted adjacent to the Stadium.

Award for product development awards

The best proposal(s) for products of varying scales, considering social impact and  manufactured in small or large series.


The competition is open to professionals, students or groups of designers acting under the guidance of an eligible professional or student representative.

Professional category:

The professional representative must be a member of a professional order or association in the fields of planning and design, including industrial, urban, environmental, interior, graphic, architecture and landscape architecture. For the purposes of the competition, individuals who have graduated from university programs leading to careers in conception or design development projects related to the above fields, may also be considered professionals.

Student Category:

The student representative must be enrolled full-time, at the time of contest launch, in a university program leading to the design, production or development of various projects, including industrial, urban, environmental, interior, graphic, architecture and landscape architecture.

A professional may not be part of a team competing in the student category; however, a student is permitted to join a professional team competing in the professional category.

Participation in proposals is limited to one per person, regardless of being a professional or student.

Proposal submissions

Before submitting your proposal you must register mandatorily, using the form before May 31, 2024. Registration is free and entitles you to receive the full competition documentation. Two posters, a main image, a descriptive text and proof of eligibility must be submitted.

a. 2 posters, size 11″ x 17″ (279 mm x 432 mm)

Landscape orientation
JPG format
300 dpi, 3 300 x 5 400 px

b. A main image taken from the posters

JPG format
300 dpi, 900 x 900 px

c. A descriptive text

Maximum 400 words

d. A proof of eligibility in one of the admissible fields

Professional category : trade certificate/professional association
Student category : proof of full-time enrolment at a university


Jean Beaudoin

Architect and engineer –  President, Nomade aménagements transitoires, member of the multidisciplinary collective Intégral

Rami Bebawi

Architect – KANVA co-founder

Stéphanie Cardinal

Architect – Vice-president, Humà Architecture, LEED Green Associate

Jorge Chenevey

Structural Engineer
Project Manager, schlaich bergermann partner

Manuel R. Cisneros

Architect – Director, Stratégies environnementales et régénératives, Sid Lee Architecture

Ying Gao

Designer – Professor at l’’École de design and l’École supérieure de mode, UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Michel Labrecque

Président-directeur général du Parc olympique 2014-2024

Annie Levasseur

Professor, Department of Construction Engineering at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) – Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Measuring the Impact of Human Activity in Climate Change – Scientific Director at CERIEC (Centre d’études et de recherches intersectorielles en économie circulaire and AdapT (Institut de recherche sur les infrastructures résilientes et circulaires) on the circular, climate-resilient built environment

Eugénie Manseau

Industrial designer –  Dikini associate

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