Cardinal Hardy consortium wins Saint-Laurent library contract
Determined as a priority by the Saint-Laurent population at the Montréal Summit held in 2002, the construction of a new library has been at the heart of the concerns of Saint-Laurent administration for twenty years. After launching a Quebec-wide design competition, the judging panel awarded the contract to the team composed of Cardinal Hardy, Labonté Marcil, Éric Pelletier Architectes en consortium, SDK et associés inc. and Leroux Beaudoin Hurens et associés inc.
Christine St-Pierre, the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women said: “I would like to congratulate the winning team. It will have the marvellous task of designing a space dedicated to knowledge—an ideal place where users can develop a taste for reading and become attuned to culture. By incorporating premises reserved for the exhibition and conservation of works of art, the library will truly serve as an environment adapted to the needs of Borough of Saint-Laurent residents.”
In addition to the library, the new building will include an exhibition space as well as the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec’s collection conservation centre. The building will consolidate the role of the Boulevard Thimens civic axis and also help enhance the value of the Parc Marcel-Laurin woodland by providing it with a new point of entry.
The winning team stated: “This isn’t a project about architecture alone: it’s also about landscape. Located between Boulevard Thimens and Parc Marcel-Laurin, the new library integrates into the site by drawing on the major elements of the park. As such, the building connects the city with the surrounding landscape, and serves as a point of connection that allows users to explore its site. Visitors will discover the building by approaching it from a variety of spaces both intimate and dramatic, spaces that, by offering a variety of access pathways, set the stage for the site as well as for its users.”
Plans and specifications for the new building will be developed throughout 2010. Construction will begin in 2011 with the building slated to open at the end of 2012.