October 7, 2013
by Canadian Architect
From a shortlist of four finalists, Chevalier Morales architectes and DMA architectes Consortium has been chosen to renovate and expand the Pierrefonds Public Library.
“The quality of the teams that applied for this architectural competition demonstrates the talent, creativity and expertise of Quebec’s architects. The call for applications has drawn interest for the competition that demonstrates that architects have at heart an urban development in harmony with the collectivity and the population’s needs. It is with similar initiatives that Montreal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design is maintained and rendered tangible,” according to the ministre de la Culture et des Communications, Maka Kotto.
“A UNESCO City of Design must promote, among others, the architectural quality of newly constructed building on its territory. Organizing a public presentation of finalists in front of a jury allows us to sensitize citizens on the architecture undeniable effect on our quality of life. A similar exercise will exhort the population to pay a particular attention to everything being created in Montreal,” declared Élaine Ayotte, responsable de la culture, du patrimoine et du design au comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal.
“It is with great pride and satisfaction that I see the Pierrefonds Public Library Project reaching a good end. After many years of hard work and careful studies on actual and future needs, we have finally reached our objective to offer Pierrefonds-Roxboro citizens a 21st-century library thanks to the Culture, Sports, Leisure and Social Development Department and our collaborators at Ville de Montréal,” said Monique Worth, Mayor of the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro. “The library will serve as an important activity hub in the heart of the community while integrating the borough’s sustainable development values. The new Pierrefonds Public Library is distinguished by its respectful implementation that benefits existing landscapes such as the Richmond Garden and the Millennium Park,” declared Sergio Morales, associate architect at Chevalier Morales architectes.
On September 24, 2013, around 100 citizens, employees and design professionals had the privilege to attend the finalists’ public presentation in front of a jury presided by Jacques Plante, architect and Associate Professor at Université Laval, author of numerous architecture books. The jury was comprised of: Phyllis Lambert, architect and Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; Oscar Ramirez, associate architect at Cardin Ramirez Julien and designer of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium; Michel Beaudry, architect at Beaudry Architecte and member of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough’s Architecture Committee; Dominique Jacob, Director of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Culture, Sports, Leisure and Social Development Department; and Guylaine Beaudry, Acting Director of the libraries of Concordia University.
The borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro will begin the plans and specifications preparation process according to which the renovation and expansion work will be undertaken. The work includes the complete renovation of the existing building and an extension of 2,316 square metres. The new facilities will feature the integration of new technologies and a radio-frequency identification system to facilitate document management and to offer self-service loans and returns. In addition, the values of sustainable development will be integrated within the project designed to receive LEED Gold certification. This project is part of the Programme de rénovation, d’agrandissement et de construction des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal (RAC) de l’Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal. The ministère de la Culture et des Communications and Ville de Montréal will jointly contribute with $14 million. The remaining $4.4 million will be paid by the borough, also responsible for the operational costs.
For more information about the competition, please visit www.mtlunescodesign.com.
proposed scheme by chevalier morales architectes and DMA architectes consortium