The Greek Orthodox Church in Park-Extension: A redesign by EVOQ
EVOQ has been selected by the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal to redesign the Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church that burnt down on April 13, 2015, in the Parc-Extension neighbourhood of Montreal. EVOQ Associate and Senior Architect Konstantin Nifakos is leading the project, assisted by Catherine Fanous and Peter Moses.
Located at the corner of Avenue de L’Épée and Saint-Roch Street, the building has been operating as a Greek Orthodox Church since 1962 where it served as the centre of the Greek community in the neighbourhood. Often referred to as Panagitsa (our beloved Lady), the church was destroyed by the fire, leaving only a small chapel and a few structural elements in place. The mandate includes rebuilding the church with many of its original elements and adding new features that are typical of Greek orthodox places of worship.
The architectural approach is to add a new chapel opposite the existing one, thereby creating a traditional cross shape floor plan. The new design aims to introduce generous amounts of natural light into the nave and the altar areas. The new church will boast energy efficient lighting and ventilation systems. Thanks to the redesigned layout, users shall also benefit from improved circulation and flow.
EVOQ is proud to contribute to the new design of the Koimisis Tis Theotokou Church and to support the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal.