Gesu Lighting Contest


The announcement was made, the ideas bubbled and the jury finally decided. Mathieu Koch, David-Alexandre Côté and Steve Blanchette, three Montreal designers, have won the first prize in the ideas competititon for the illumination of the Gesù facade for their sensitive proposal, entitled "Rencontre sur les marches de l'église".



The competition invites designers and creators to submit lighting, architecture and scenographic propositions that will reveal the unique personality of the Gesù.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Lighting
Country Montreal, Canada
RegDeadline 14 January 2009 GoogleCal iCal
14 January 2009 (Must be Received)
Eligibility At least one member of each team must be able to communicate in French.

The competition will be a collective reflection on the challenges of expressing the identity of a remarkable heritage building through the enhancement of its façade. For fifteen years, this building has been a centre for multidisciplinary cultural activities, including a program that supports the creation of contemporary art.
The Gesù was recognized as a cultural asset in 1975 and has since continued to extend its activities, which contribute to the development of Montreal’s culture. It is a place of art and history, of performances and conferences, of the exposition of contemporary art, of research and creation in dance and intercultural relations – all alongside its life as a religious site. The complexity of its program makes it an atypical creative centre. This competition seeks to highlight the unique architectural character of the Gesù, as well as its particular mission to build bridges between the artistic, the human and the spiritual. The illumination of the building must reveal these specific aspects.

Ruedi Baur (Intégral Ruedi Baur)
Eric Gauthier (Les architectes FABG)
Jacques Lachapelle (Université de Montréal)
Alexandre Colombani (executive director of Lighting Urban Community International [LUCI])
Louis Brillant (architect)
Ginette Noiseux (executive director of Espace Go)
Daniel LeBlond (Jesuit Provincial).

First prize: $10,000
Second prize: $5,000
Third prize: $3,000
The winner of the public’s choice prize: $2,000

Entry Fee

2 A2 panels and an A3 paper reproduction of the 2 presentation panels

Submission Address
Illumination of the Gesù Façade Competition
c/o Design Montréal
425 Place JacquesCartier, Office 101
Montreal, QC H2Y 3B1

Public exhib public vote: January 20 to March 1, 2009
XTallying of votes for the public’s choice prize: March 1, 2009
Winners announcement: March 4, 2009
Presentation and comments from the entrants and the jury about the chosen projects, and public discussion of the exercise: March 11, 2009

The Gesù and The City of Montreal’s Design Montréal agency

Official Website