Saucier + Perrotte Architectes shared with us their proposal for a cultural center in Verdun, Canada, which was named as a finalist in the competition. The strategy unites the disparate elements of the program by covering them with a unique material that reinforces the monumental character of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Located in a large forested park along the edge of the St-Lawrence River, the project offers the city of Verdun a center dedicated to the performing arts. The design takes advantage of the bucolic character of the surroundings by creating an architectural work whose unique presence is felt strongly throughout the landscape.
The ephemeral nature of the design emphasizes the pavilion aesthetics of the ensemble while its overall size relates to the grand scale of the extraordinary site.
Architects: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Location: Verdun, Québec, Canada Team: Gilles Saucier (Lead Design Architect), André Perrotte (Principal-in-Charge), Trevor Davies, Lia Ruccolo, Patrice Bégin, Charles-Alexandre Dubois, Leslie Lok, Vedanta Balbahadur Program: Studio A – Circus school Studios, Lockers, Cafeteria, Administrative offices; Studio B Theatre (400 seats), exhibition space, Mediation space, administrative offices Site Area: 19,865 m2 Bldg. Area: 3,238 m2 Gross Floor Area: 4,400 m2 Design Year: 2011