The Stations

Villa-Maria

Villa-Maria is a station on the Orange Line of Montreal's Metro. Its name originates from the nearby Villa Maria school.

The station has one entrance, which is of a decent size and is contained by a bus loop that wraps around the station. Heading down to the mezzanine level, there is a large convenience store located just before the fare gates. This is also the first spot to see the station's signature yellow, two-tone orange and red stripes, which feature prominently throughout.

After passing through the fare gates, more escalators and stairs are found around the corner, which leads to the mid-level before the platforms. This area is bathed in natural sunlight, which is allowed inside by means of a large light shaft found above the escalators. Large colourful notched circles rest on stainless steel pegs sticking out from the wall. Stairs on both sides of the mid-level give access to each of the platforms. Above the tunnelled portion of the station, there are large orange vent ducts, made in the same colour as the rest of the decor to nicely blend in. The signature coloured stripes can be found all along the platform floors, with matching seating protruding from the walls. It is a very nice visual cue that quickly identifies the station to travellers without needing signage.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The signature look of the station created by the yellow, two-tone orange and red stripes on the floors and seating gives Villa-Maria station a very recognizable visual identity.

PUBLIC ARTWORK

The main artwork is "Circles" created by André Léonard. There are two murals each consisting of five dial-shaped polymer concrete disks, each resting on a stainless-steel peg. Each disc is rotated 45 degrees from its neighbour, which creates a feeling of movement and directionality.

STATION FACTS AND MAP
  • Opening Date: September 7, 1981
  • Line: 2
  • Previous Station: Snowdon
  • Following Station: Vendôme
  • Entrances: 1