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

  • Architects: Patkau Architects , Croft Pelletier, Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
  • 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: NBBJ
  • Theatre Consultant: Scenoplus
  • 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: 2005
  • Photographs: Bernard Fougeres, James Dow

© Bernard Fougeres © James Dow © James Dow © James Dow

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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