Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects + Croft Pelletier + Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés

  • 01:00 - 9 January, 2011
Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects  + Croft Pelletier + Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés, © Bernard Fougeres
© Bernard Fougeres
  • Architects

  • Location

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Architects

    Patkau Architects in collaboration with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
  • Croft Pelletier Architectes Team

    Marie-Chantal Croft, Eric Pelletier, Jean Chrétien, Benoît Ruelland, Michel Thompson, Olivier Grenier, Cédéanne Simard, Rémi Hovington Jr.
  • Patkau Architects Team

    Laura Arpiainen, Greg Boothroyd, Stephan Chevalier, Michael Cunningham, Dominique Dumais, Michael Elkan, Samantha Hayes, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Peter Suter, Craig Simms, Nick Sully
  • Menkès Shooner Dagenais Team

    Yves Dagenais, Gaétan Roy, Stephan Chevalier, Yvon LaChance, Luc Doucet, Dominique Dumais, Catherine Bélanger, Guillaume Delorimier, Luc Montpetit, Mana Hemami, Andrea Macelwee, Alex Parmentier, Christine Giguère, Alain Boudrias, Harvens Piou
  • Consulting Architect

    Gilles Guité architecte
  • Architectural Support

    Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et Associés architectes
  • Structural Engineer

    Regroupement Nicolet Chartrand Knoll Limitée / Les Consultants Géniplus inc.
  • Mechanical / Electrical Engineer

    Regroupement Bouthillette & associés inc / Groupe HBA experts-conseils inc.
  • Lighting Consultants

  • Theatre Consultant

  • Landscape Architects

    Scheme Consultants
  • Client

    Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Legault Davidson
  • Elevator Consultant

    KJA inc.
  • Code Consultant

    Technorm inc.
  • Builder

    Hervé Pomerleau inc.
  • Area

    350.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Bernard Fougeres © James Dow © James Dow © James Dow +34

From the architect. The Grand Library of Québec consolidates a number of collections dispersed throughout the province to create a resource library for the region as well as a central public library for the city of Montreal. The building contains four major components: a general library, a children's library, the collection Québécoise (historic documents pertaining to Quebec), and an assortment of public spaces outside the library control zone.

© James Dow
© James Dow

The two major library collections, the general library and the collection Québécoise, are housed within large-scale wooden containers on the upper floors. Linking the wood-clad collections to the floors below is a promenade that rises from the library entrance to circumnavigate the general library through a series of reading rooms. Views of the city unfold as the route ascends. Complementing the promenade is an efficient central circulation system.

© Bernard Fougeres
© Bernard Fougeres

A glass and copper building envelope represents the library as a whole. Opaque in some places, diaphanous in others, the facade offers enticing glimpses of the library to the city.

© James Dow
© James Dow
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