July 10, 2013
by Canadian Architect
Following the launch of a Quebec-wide architectural competition by the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro for the renovation and expansion of the Pierrefonds Public Library, four teams have been chosen as finalists by the jury at the end of the first stage of the competition.
The jury met on July 4, 2013 to analyze 10 submissions and designated four finalists based on an assessment according to the competition regulations. In alphabetical order, the finalists are: AFO (Atelier Big City, FSA architecture and L’ŒUF); BGLA and Coarchitecture; Chevalier Morales architectes and DMA architectes; and Consortium Dan Hanganu architectes and Groupe A.
The selected finalists will be asked to produce a sketch/concept. The jury will meet again on September 24, 2013 to select a winning design. Citizens will then be invited to a public presentation of the finalists before the jury, and the winner will be announced in October 2013.
Limited to architects, architectural firms and groups of architects who have had a place of business in Québec for at least three years, this competition seeks to effect a complete renovation of the existing building and an extension of 2,316 square metres. The new facilities will include the integration of new technologies and a radio-frequency identification system to facilitate documents 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 the LEED Gold certification. 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.
The jury was comprised of the following: Guylaine Beaudry, Webster Library Director, Concordia University; 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; Phyllis Lambert, Architect and Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; Jacques Plante, Architect and Associate Professor at Université Laval and author of numerous architecture books; and Oscar Ramirez, Architect Associate at Cardin Ramirez Julien and designer of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.
For more information, please visit http://mtlunescodesign.com/en/project/Architecture-competition-Pierrefonds-Library.
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