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Saint-Apollinaire Multifunctional Centre opens to the public

On June 7, 2015, the Saint-Apollinaire Multifunctional Centre outside Quebec City welcomed its first visitors. Designed by Parka—Architecture & Design, the facility features flexible spaces that were built to suit a range of cultural, recreational and sports activities. The construction includes a double gymnasium with changing rooms, four multi-purpose rooms and a fully equipped space for cooking classes. A simple and effective organization provides an interior space that is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of activities.

Architecture is developed in a refined and simple volumetric language, notably characterized by the projecting volume of the second floor. A triangular pattern is repeated in a simple manner in the openings of the second floor and on its metal siding, which creates dynamic interior spaces and gives a playful touch to the layout of the rooms.

Upon entering the building, visitors face an atrium which maximizes natural light and the warmth of wood. The interior is characterized by natural finishes highlighted by accent colours at the entrance of the multifunctional rooms and the changing areas.

Parka also designed interior and exterior signage of the building. The architects made use of the triangular pattern of the building envelope and the yellow color of the interior design concept. Sleek pictograms set easy-to-locate benchmarks while harmoniously integrating the architecture.

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