Nuns' Island gas station

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The filling station, in 2007.
The filling station, closed, in April 2010.

The Nun's Island gas station is a modernist-style filling station designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1969, one of four buildings by Mies in Nuns' Island, an island in the city of Montreal. It is no longer a working gas station and as of March 2012, it was in the process of being converted to a community centre.[1][2]

It was the first filling station on the island, and the first designed by Mies, who had worked in collaboration with local architect Paul H. Lapointe on the project. The station was commissioned by Imperial Oil.[3]

Community centre[edit]

"La Station" lighting at night

The borough of Verdun is transforming the building into a community arts centre.[4] Eric Gauthier is the lead architect on the project, which will see the two glass pavilions rebuilt to their original 3,000- and 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) sizes.[5]

The building is slated to be reopened in the fall of 2012 as La Station, a community centre for teens and people over 50 years of age. The two main buildings have been dubbed the salle blanche (English: white room) and salle noire (English: black room), named after their floor colours. The original glass-enclosed attendant's booth will serve as a life-sized display case of Mies’ and the building’s history, with the former fuel dispensers to be marked by ventilation shafts. The centre will use geothermal energy.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "In Your Neighbourhood: The Mies Van Der Rohe Buildings". City of Montreal Web site. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  2. ^ Perreaux, Les (2009-01-27). "The Ritz of gas stations looks for a new life". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Master architect designs unique station". Montreal Gazette. “Both pavilions use geothermal energy for heating and air conditioning,” 20, 1968. p. 90. Retrieved 26 December 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Lejtenyi, Patrick. "Nuns saves Mies". Montreal Mirror (Communications Gratte-Ciel Ltée). Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Leblanc, Dave (8 July 2011). "Mies’s Montreal gas station gets new lease on life". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Woolfrey, John (24 February 2012). "LA STATION: THE JEWEL IN THE NUNS’ ISLAND CROWN". Openfile Montreal. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 

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Coordinates: 45°27′36″N 73°32′41″W / 45.4601°N 73.5446°W / 45.4601; -73.5446