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  7. Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui

Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui

  • 01:00 - 15 December, 2008
Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui
Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui

Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Option aménagement + Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Quebec, Canada
  • Architects

    Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui + Option aménagement
  • Engineering

    GENIVAR and SNC-LAVALIN
  • Lighting Consultant

    ÉCLAIRAGE PUBLIC
  • Contractor

    POMERLEAU
  • Client

    Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

From the architect. Located along the St. Lawrence river, between the Sillery coast and the Ross coast (towards Quebec's bridge), the project delicately weaves a sequence of diverse experiences and atmospheres, navigating from the boundless visual expanse of the river and the scale of the territory, to the tactile sensory experiences of the human scale. The first concern in this project was to inhibit the motorway system which crossed the ground over its length; the second, was to try to make comfortable this immense space by looking after the concepts of scales and balance, but also while giving a special attention to use local materials and vegetation on the site.

An immense cycle track and a sinuous pedestrian path cross this longitudinal site bringing the user from a cultural pole at one end, to a sport pole at the centre and an interpretation pole at the other end. The journey is punctuated by pieces of contemporary art that interact with the landscape and the urban design. The cultural section of the project gathers four contemporary gardens inspired by the mood of the river - the Quai des brumes, the Quai ds flots, the Quai des hommes and the Quai des vents. The sport section, at the center, is composed by two ground soccer, big open spaces and a multipurpose track. The last section of the project, looking towards Quebec's bridge, is set around an industrial quay rehabilitated to gather services of interpretation and restoration. Composed of an observation tower, a deck connected to the river and a multifunctional pavilion, this section marks an important entry to the site and revives the imaginary of a river pier and its intrinsic structures, turning it into a local visual anchor and light beacon - a significant newcomer to the constellation of industrial relics dominating local landscape silhouette and vistas. Finally, behind sector of Cageux, we find a natural site composed of Amerindian archaeological vestiges and centenaries aboriginal trees. This section is integrated to the rest of the Promenade and has been designed in the continuity of the whole project.

The rich, sublime atmospheres and layered textures of the St. Lawrence River's landscapes are materialised as much with stone boulders, timber assemblies and corten steel thresholds, as with native plants and trees, and as with vapour haze, thick shade, mellow light glows and water reflections. The language is contemporary, simple and elegant. The use of familiar material such as rough wood and local stones and the consolidation of the existing shoreline vegetation give an authentic flavour to these contemporary creations. The reinvigorated vegetation frames views and trajectories, and calibrates spaces and scales.

Respectfully remaining within the historic footprints of the original spirit of the shoreline, the project connects Quebec City with the riversides and with the other coastal cities. It also connects the city with XXI century values and vision. The bicycle networks on both sides of the river and the activity around the belvedere space (future boat connections) strongly contributes to revitalise an important section of the Lawrence River's borders and brings important wellness and economics repercussions to the city and its surroundings.

The innovation on this project stands on how designers manage to push the highway further away, how they were able to release an important piece of land in order to reactivates Quebec City's access to St. Lawrence River and transforms this part of the shoreline into a new inviting and user-friendly environment oriented towards nature, leisure and art. The subtle way the whole project integrates the highway and helps qualify this big infrastructure into a landscaped piece of work allows users to cross and drivers to stop. The project, that qualifies Champlain Boulevard from a highway into a landscaped, permeable urban boulevard, is a strong contribution to the restoration of the uniquely rich and diverse, albeit fragile coastal eco-system. Preserved and integrated as living heritage, the existing vegetation has been consolidated and complemented throughout the scheme by species native to St. Lawrence shoreline natural environment.

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11 Comments

Carolina Quintana · August 21, 2011

¿Qué tal que pudiéramos tener algo como esto en la Ciudad de México? http://t.co/Qx9AEPs via @archdaily

novan · September 15, 2009

masih bagusan taman ayodia karya NFNarchitect

nguyen dao hieu · July 20, 2009

Tuyet dep!
Gia nhu co 1-2 chiec cau nho an ra mat song.

Bonsall · June 05, 2009

On croit agir, et l'on est entra

siary · May 15, 2009

nice landscape design...

Paul · March 02, 2009

The promenade was opened last year. Last summer was quite cold in Quebec City. On hot days, there are a lot of people but on a colder days, it is not unusual for the promenade to be quite empty. It is a windy and cold place on not-so-nice days...

Christian · January 19, 2009

Quebec city is remarquable for his architecture projet, small city but so charming.
Old quebec is wanderful, a place to visit!

Promenade Samuel-de Champlain a place to walk with ipod in the morning when the sun is wakening.....

Giang Dinh · January 02, 2009

The plan looks very impressive and floating. Amber of light is enough for fulfill the scene and i like this way of expression. Lovely.

Only one thing as i think about is how does this area works on fall and winter.

Very lovely.

Robert Lachance · September 29, 2009 03:35 AM

Desert, unfrequented !

J'ai vérifié fin décembre 2008 à l'Anse à Brown.

Rasmus · December 17, 2008

I quite like the feel of this project. It makes me want to go there and spend time there on a nice spring day.
I think that's pretty much the best critique one can get for architecture.
Looks lovely and nicely detailed.
A couple of minor things could perhaps have been massaged into something even better, still.
Nice job.

Evan Jones · December 15, 2008

I think the tower adds a touch of excitement or destination to the walk. I'm surprised there are so few people in the photographs. In California they would probably require fences and signs everywhere to protect those who wandered about. Ah, Quebec.

Contemporary Art · December 15, 2008

The plan for the site is very nice, but I'm not sure about the lookout tower. It seems like it disrupts some of the natural views too much, even if it does offer a nice new view. I love the simple fountains and the patterning on the concrete too.
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