Bisson associés and Atelier Pierre Thibault announce the completion the Pavillon du Commerce transformation

BISSON|associés and Atelier Pierre Thibault joined forces to create a new meeting space that offers a variety of fresh local products by transforming Pavillon du Commerce into the Grand Marché, a public market for Québec City residents.

Photo credit: Maxime Brouillet

The Pavillon du Commerce was designed by architect Adalbert Trudel, and commissioned by Québec City’s then mayor Joseph-Octave Samson. It was originally built to replace the former Palais de l’Industrie, which hosted agricultural fairs organized by the Québec Agricultural Society to educate and promote the best farming practices.

The Grand Marché is a rallying and community-focused project that showcases the built heritage by becoming an integral part of the existing structure.

With a train of small buildings fronting the main street, various side streets, alleys and a central public square, the Grand Marché concept mirrors the idea of a town or village.

The main hall’s interior is engulfed in natural light due to large, opening windows along the south-facing façade. Stalls are also positioned along the southern façade to create a direct link with the farmers’ market.

Photo credit: Maxime Brouillet

Several large skylights, strategically positioned in the market’s roof structure, also provide additional illumination. All materials have been selected to harmonize with the built environment and enhance the local products.

“The complexity and subtlety of our work as architects is now embodied in a setting that combines heritage, functionality, light, visitor experience and sustainable development, all of which results from a carefully balanced approach,” said Jonathan Bisson, architectural project manager.

The vegetation created by the indoor and outdoor gardens, reflects the boreal region characteristic of the northern climate.

Wooden buildings alternate between one and two storeys, while the production kitchens, incubator and Tablée des Chefs, is the focal point of the main public square and its bleachers.

Built by skilled craftsmen, the entire surface of the bleachers, as well as the building’s interior walls, are finished in cross-laminated panels, developed using the most recent technological advances in digital manufacturing.

The project is also equipped with Solucycle technology, an on-site food waste management system that collects organic matter to be sent to Québec City’s biomethanation plant, and features 15 commercial kitchens.