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« 2014-AWARD-WINNING PROJECT: Bibliotheque du Boisé, Montréal
The crafting of this project was compelling – from the site planning, through the programming, right down to the execution of the details. The building has a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces, in keeping with the new role that libraries play as community living rooms. This is also a very high-performance building – an impressive achievement altogether.
The 5,000 m2 Bibliotheque du Boise is located between the busy Boulevard Thimens and Marcel-Laurin Park, an area of protected woodland in the Montreal borough of Ville St-Laurent. The woodland became an important generator in the design of the library, the idea being to create new connections and experiences that would reinforce its value to the community and contribute to the creation of a new and attractive centre for cultural activities.
The program is arranged on two levels around a central skylit entrance atrium, and includes book stacks, multi-media collections, computer work stations, meeting and training rooms, teen and youth areas, a cafe, an exhibition gallery and archival storage. Nestled against the trees and accessed via a sloping walkway that traverses the park from Boulevard Thimans. »
Architects: Eric Pelletier architecte, Cardinal Hardy et associés, s.e.n.c., Les Architectes Labonté Marcil s.e.n.c.
(Source: Denis Clermont, architecte associé, MOAQ, MIRAC, Les Architectes Labonté Marcil)