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Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects + Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes + Croft Pelletier

Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects + Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes + Croft Pelletier

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

Montreal, Canada
  • Architects: Patkau Architects in collaboration with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés ; Landscape architects: Scheme Consultants
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 350.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2005
  • Photographs Photographs: Bernard Fougeres, James Dow

Text description provided by the architects. 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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Cite: "Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects + Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes + Croft Pelletier" 09 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/102511/grand-library-of-quebec-patkau-architects-with-croft-pelletier-and-menkes-shooner-dagenais-architectes-associes/> ISSN 0719-8884
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