Menks Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes win competition to design the new Blainville Municipal Library

In May 2013, the City of Blainville in Quebec announced an architectural competition for the design of its new library. After a two-stage selection process and a shortlist of four architectural firms, the jury selected the proposal from Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux architectes and contractor COSOLTEC inc.

The design proposes a new generation of institution where the focus is community-oriented. To this end, the notion of the library as a ‘’Third Place’’ was important. Beyond the ‘’first’’ and ‘’second’’ places of home and work, there are social environments that support community life and which are vital to their health, providing a sense of place to the people living there. The 3,100-square-metre two-storey glue-laminated timber construction aims for LEED Silver certification, and will feature a multifunction room, café, a large fireplace opening onto lounge space, as well as integrating the latest library technology.

“Bibliothèque Paul-Mercier is a great opportunity for Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes to help build a quality city which is citizen-focused and designed sustainably,” according to Jean-Pierre LeTourneux, associate architect at Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux architectes.

The project’s budget is $12 million, with $2.9 million coming from the ministère de la Culture et des Communications as part of the Quebec government’s Agenda 21C.

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