From past to present: Musée de l'ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier

From past to present: Musée de l'ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier


As a close friend of the Bombardier family, Roger Desmarais became involved in the preservation of the legacy of  J. Armand Bombardier after his death. An originator of a company that is now a world leader in aeronautics, a foundation was created to bring together the collection of vehicles developed by the brilliant inventor, including several thousand tools, artifacts, and the Bombardier garage and workshop, which was moved to the site in 1968 and restored for the occasion. One of the biggest items on display was the famous snowmobile, or as it is better-known in Quebec, the skidoo.

To contrast the picturesque style of the small red-roof hangar, Roger Desmarais designed a pristine white volume that integrated the cultural and administrative centers of the enterprise. This modernist building marked the beginning of the Bombardier family as a loyal client.

After the museum, they began hiring the newly formed Desmarais-Tornay architectural practice for their increasing business and real-estate needs around the metropolis. 

Starting from the first brand image after Bombardier acquired Canadair to the currently under construction Global Manufacturing Center located at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, we meet their changing needs by integrating the latest technologies.
Inauguration du musée de l'ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier, 1971. With Laurent Beaudoin and Robert Bourassa, respectively director of Bombardier and Quebec Prime Minister.

Photo credits: Adrien Williams

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