Like any acclaimed stage revival, Lemay’s successor to the previous open-air theatre at Montreal’s La Fontaine Park promises to be faithful to its source material while also speaking to today’s audience. New concrete bleachers maintain the same modern spirit as the park’s original 1956 venue, but will now co-star alongside a boxy steel platform cleverly designed to hide AV equipment while framing scenic pond views.
Indeed, between shows, the slotted pavilion will become its own main attraction, inviting urban park-goers to take it over and enjoy a dramatic new outlook on their surroundings.
Team Eric Pelletier, Maria Benech and Marie-Ève Parent with Yanick Casault, Marie-Claude Leblond, Maryse Ballard, Arnaud Villard, Sophie Lacoste, Eric St-Pierre, Isabelle Brosseau, Alejandro Mendoza Vazquez, Jean Deslauriers, Xavier Bellefeuille, Daniel Smith and Francois Ménard
Sensitive. Contextual. Contemporary. What makes the Marguerite-d’Youville Elementary School in the city of Saguenay, Quebec, an award-winning project — even before its completion — can be distilled into these three words. The combined effort of Étienne Bernier Architecture, APPAREIL Architecture and BGLA, the building is one of five winners in the Lab-École competition, a project reimagining the future of educational infrastructure in communities along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, and it marries the unique talents of each practice to spectacular effect.
First, there’s the particularly residential feel to the 3,400-square-metre institution. Taking cues from the surrounding Chicoutimi borough, the architects separated the programs — 15 classrooms, gathering spaces, a gymnasium and a tiered amphitheatre, among others — into individual “houses” along the U-shaped footprint to capture the village-like quality of the community.(more…)