Montreal's Palais Des Congrès Has Cozy New Work Spaces Designed To Feel Like A Chalet Escape

Here today, gondola tomorrow! 🚠

MTL Blog, Associate Editor
​Cable car meeting room.

Cable car meeting room.

Courtesy of the Palais des congrès.

Spring may be in the air, but cozy winter vibes can be found year-round at new ski resort-themed workstations in the Palais des congrès.

The installations include a relaxing light-up "fire pit" surrounded by log-shaped cushions, an open ski lift seating area and a closed cable car meeting room. The surrounding deco evokes summer and winter in a Quebec forest complete with fake grass and snow.

People holding laptops sit on an open ski lift seat and on log-shaped floor cushions. Courtesy of the Palais des congrès.

Nearby, an astroturf pathway dotted with evergreen trees, Adirondack chairs and log piles leads to an established chalet-themed working area created in 2019 to entice remote workers downtown.

Later this year, visitors can expect to be transported to the Saint Lawrence River with an immersive waterfront addition.

An immersive pathway created in 2019.Courtesy of the Palais des congrès.

The Palais des congrès partnered with the Alliance de l'industrie touristique du Québec to create the evocative designs in the hope of reminding users about the joy of in-province escapes.

"If we want to encourage visitors to explore all the experiences we have to offer, and increase the economic benefits of tourism for our communities, we need to find innovative ways to promote our province and make it an appealing place to visit," Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx said in a statement.

For conferencegoers seeking a unique workspace with an added sensory element, these new additions offer that playful mix of business with pleasure that is a mainstay of the downtown convention centre.

Sofia Misenheimer
MTL Blog, Associate Editor
Sofia Misenheimer is an award-winning writer, editor and former radio journalist with a passion for finding hidden gems in the city.