© Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay, Visualization: Secchi Smith
Opening its doors in 2026, the project will be an institution dedicated to the ongoing exploration of the contemporary through art and culture.
Carefully and critically curated exhibitions will meet vanguard works from burgeoning creative territories, allowing PHI to fully explore the emergent synergies and curatorial opportunities they represent. Housing exhibition spaces and a generous public domain, the project represents a new cultural infrastructure for the public to engage with PHI’s multi-dimensional presentation of art, discourse and creative practices. This new cultural landmark will engage with the local community, visitors to the city of Montreal and PHI's ever expanding network.
On August 26, 2021, PHI launched an International Architecture Competition for the design of PHI Contemporary.
July 15th, 2022 marks the completion of the competition and the commencement of the design phase wherein the winning proposal will be developed towards realization by the winning architectural firms, in partnership with PHI and the project’s stakeholders.
Visit the Competition website to learn more about the process.
"This competition and project testify to the crucial importance of institutions such as PHI Contemporary in amplifying their contributions to contemporary culture worldwide. The new institution will be significant in re-affirming Montreal’s immense creative potential, one that is no secret to those who know and love the city and support its importance as a major capital for contemporary art and culture from around the world."
The call elicited 65 world-class entries from architectural firms from 14 countries, from which the Jury selected 11 to compete. In the second and third stages of the Competition, the Jury selected 5 Finalists and 2 Grand Finalists, respectively.