Pointe-à-Callière Museum | Fort de Ville-Marie Pavilion | Glass Floors

Clients: Le Musée Pointe-à-Callière and Techniverre
Architects: Dan Hanganu Architectes and Provencher_Roy Architectes
Photo credit: Martin Weilbrenner

As part of the permanent exhibition "Where Montréal Began" highlighting the remains of the first settlement in Montreal in 1642 (at its 375th anniversary), ELEMA designed the glass floors and their fixtures in the new pavilion of the Pointe-à-Callière museum.

The mandate being carried out jointly with the glass supplier/installer, technical solutions not only related to the glass compositions, but also their handling and final installation were worked out in collaboration with the general contractor and the glass subcontractor. The glass floor design was carried out early at the start of the project so that the specific glazing work planning could be integrated into the construction schedule.

By ingenious measures for handling the glass elements, budgets and deadlines were respected. Extremely satisfied with our engineering services, the museum subsequently commissioned us to develop a strategy for handling the various glass components during maintenance.


  • Design for post-break resistance under a 3kN load applied on a surface of 50 mm x 50 mm (2 in x 2 in).
  • Design of exhibition boxes without metal support.
  • Design of 26 different glass geometries.
  • Design of hoist systems and temporary overhead cranes for glass placement.
  • Design of the network of aluminum beams supporting the glasses which also integrate ventilation and lighting systems.
  • Design of a mobile glass lifting system for the maintenance of the archaeological remains.


  • Use of quadruple laminated glazing, with an independent upper layer of glass which acts as a sacrificial element.
  • The separation of the sacrificial glazing allows its easy replacement, avoiding the complete removal of the main floor module.
  • Design of aluminum support beams incorporating cable ducts, lighting fixtures and as ventilation ducts.

For more information about the exhibition...



  • Musée Pointe-à-Callière - Plancher de Verre
  • Musée Pointe-à-Callière - Plancher de Verre
  • Musée Pointe-à-Callière - Plancher de Verre