Origami / Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste

Courtesy Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste

Quebec based architecture firm, Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste has shared with us their recent proposal for the ”Amphithéâtre de Trois-Rivière” competition. Follow after the break for additional images and a brief narrative from the design team.

Reveal layers of meaning of place.

Courtesy Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste


These are the traces of the evolution of the site and the banks of the St. Maurice and St. Lawrence, implementation of the Ursulines in the 18th century until the construction of the industrial landscape of the 19th and 20th centuries, which serve trusses and a pretext for the organization of various activities on the site. The approach reveals the site through these successive layers from its construction, its occupation, its demolition and finally its re appropriation. Thus, the initial layout of the bank is rediscovered, giving the theater an anchor coastline. The slope and industrial piles of logs are evoked by the textures of public space and a game that now includes topographic grassy lawn and the stands.

Materialization: FOLDING PAPER +

Formal Approach

Like the folding of “paper”, the materialization creates functional spaces, the home crowd on landing and reception areas. Thus, the thematic pavilions are born of this encounter and dialogue with the sedimentary soil as new evidence of significance. This work also defines origami a generous forecourt canopy and brand appeal to the urban site.

Routing and discovery _ From the historical center of Trois-Rivieres, new strata of the project submitted to the site offer a course that amounts to cage the same stage and culminates in the monumental landscape.


Dialogue between the site and new interventions emerges the volume of the amphitheater, a symbol of memories industrial, religious and Navy that have marked the landscape. At nightfall, the volume becomes scenic lantern and strata trifluvian mark the landscape, celebrating the recapture of the place through his character.

Project four seasons and eco-friendly _ Winter, amphitheater dialogue with the kinetic landscape of ice in the River. The dock, access for boaters summer, becomes ice, the roof of the theme pavilions become slides. For the year, surface water is filtered and routed to the basin, reaching a decidedly eco-friendly approach.


“Origami is an art: it is a living culture.” Beacon of culture, the new amphitheater exalted traces of the past, proposed a dialogue. A real project of re appropriation that celebrates the genius of the place!


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Cite: Hank Jarz. "Origami / Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, Architectes & Urbaniste" 28 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/130563/origami-belanger-beauchemin-morency-architectes-urbaniste> ISSN 0719-8884

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