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La Vague in Montréal



June 23, 2017

La Vague, a footpath/sidewalk art installation parklet on St-Denis St in Montréal, uses 74 wooden frames to recreate the effect of a wave hitting the pavement. And then you get misted!

Designed by Arcadia Studio for the Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough of Montréal, La Vague is 22 metres long by 2.5m wide and encourages pedestrians to pause for a moment of even sit.

Says Isabelle Giasson, president of Arcadia Studio:

“This is the work of an upstream multidisciplinary team that has allowed the design to be pushed further. From the beginning, we used the talent and expertise of the landscape architect, the structural engineer, the recreation and misting experts, and the graphic designer to realize this innovative project.”


Streetscape before La Vague – via v2com


Recently developed in Europe, it refreshes thanks to the introduction of misters that decrease the air temperature by approximately 5 degrees on hot summer days. This type of installation is seen primarily under awnings on private commercial terraces, but it is beginning to appear in public spaces as well. To date, it doesn’t appear to have been installed in parklets in Canada, or North America.

La Vague, Montreal via v2com


The misting system consists of 45 nozzles that use 0.022 litres of water per minute. The cistern holds 415 litres (110 gallons) and provides enough water to last for one 12-hour day of use. A rain detector allows the system to be turned off and prevents the wasting of water.

La Vague is reminiscent of a breaking wave. Via v2com

Design of La Vague, via v2com


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