Schlüter Systems / DCYSA Architecture & Design

  • 01:00 - 22 March, 2011
Schlüter Systems / DCYSA Architecture & Design, © Gleb Gomberg
© Gleb Gomberg
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada
  • Project Managers

    André Cousineau, Anh LeQuang, Lucien Haddad and Azad Chichmanian
  • Structure Engineer

    BCA Consultants Inc.
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineer

    Concept-R Inc. and Synthèse Consultants Inc.
  • Civil Engineer

    Teknika HBA
  • General Contractor

    Broccolini Construction Inc.
  • Area

    60000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

©  Alex St-Jean ©  Alex St-Jean © Gleb Gomberg ©  Alex St-Jean +22

From the architect. Sustainability and design are interwoven in this industrial structure. Technology is celebrated and treated as an integral aesthetic experience. A medium-sized project in surface area, the building explodes with innovation and reads as a rigorous exercise in energy efficiency and contemporary language. The client is Schlüter systems, a company that manufactures accessories and membrane products centered on the tiling industry, and thrives on experimentation and perfection.

© Gleb Gomberg
© Gleb Gomberg

The building is the Canadian headquarters and serves as an office and training centre of the company`s products. The two programs are architecturally distinct and connected by a delicate glass box, with a bold folded plane in the foreground marking the entrance. The combination of elements – towers, glass, folded plinth - reads as a harmonious exchange of lightness and depth, and points to the expertise of the company. The industrial complex is quiet and distinguished, sitting in a large wooded site in Sainte Anne de Bellevue.

© Gleb Gomberg
© Gleb Gomberg

The combination of a dedicated team of specialists and an integrated process lead to a successful, LEED Gold certified building. Moving beyond basic principles of sustainability, the project manages to bring innovation to water management, energy use, and material selection. The LEED Gold rated design includes a natural air exchanger system that heats or cools the air according to subterranean temperatures. Additionally, a 1000-square-foot passive solar wall on the southern facade and a wall of vegetation in the atrium which controls the humidity and improves the air quality of the building were integrated into the environmentally conscious design. Seeking an efficient water management system, a 6000 litres tank captures and reuses stormwater for sanitary functions.

Ultimately the building not only celebrates the company it was built for, it promises a long existence of pleasant use and ease of maintenance. It stands as a model for the possibilities of a successful business, and points to the future of environmentally intelligent corporate design directions.

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