Do you remember the old MR-63 metro wagons? Before the new metro cars came around, the green line was serviced by an outdated metro wagon with white chairs and no air conditioning.
Though the cars are currently out of service, two Montreal brothers, Frédéric and Etienne Morin-Bordeleau, had a vision for their future. The pair purchased a few of the wagons and wanted to convert them into a cultural hub in Montreal's Sud-Ouest neighbourhood. Finally, their vision has become a reality.
Today, the brothers have announced that the project will break ground this month and should be ready in the next year or so. MR-63 will be one of the most unique additions to Montreal's incredible array of public spaces. Featuring a bar, a restaurant, and a huge terrasse, MR-63 is going to be amazing.
MR-63 is billed as a cultural hub that will comprise green space, an urban centre, a café, a restaurant, a bar, and a terrasse overlooking the river.
The key feature of the space will, of course, be the integration of the MR-63 metro cars into the three-storey cultural centre. MR-63 will also host various music events, cultural events, tastings, and will even have conference rooms.
The metro cars will be integrated into a glass building that will have solar panels. MR-63 hopes to be one of the first carbon-neutral buildings in the city. Along with the bar and restaurant, there will be various small pop-up shops and art installations that people can visit.
According to the Mayor of the Sud-Ouest, Benoit Dorais, MR-63 will "democratize art and culture in Montreal and will become an important social space that will strengthen the neighbourhood" (translated from French).