New images of Monique-Corriveau Library
Canadian author Monique Corriveau has been recognised with a stunning 4,400 sq m library in Quebec. Corriveau was renowned for her childrens books, dedicating one to each of her own ten offspring. The new Monique-Corriveau Library has been designed by Dan Hanganu and Côté Leahy Cardas Architects (CLC Architectes) and sees the former St. Denys-du-Plateau Church transformed into a bright and airy library which opened to the public in autumn 2013.
Designed by Jean-Marie Roy and completed in 1964, the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church takes an unusual, angular form which has been sensitively retained and modernised by Dan Hanganu and CLC Architectes. Externally the team has lightened the original volume into a brilliant white with bold colours contained to either end of the form in a reference to the vivid hues often associated with the 1960s.
An addition has been made to the building to increase capacity for this glistening new public centre and is used to house the administration areas and community hall. The library’s main public functions - such as the shelving units, workspaces and reading areas - are confined to the nave to enable the library area and community hall to be kept separate. This means that the community hall can continue to be used outside of the library’s opening hours.
Transparency and reflection played a key role in this adaptive reuse scheme with large volumes of glass used throughout. Circulation channels are clearly defined with optimum sightlines afforded throughout the library and a colourful staircase easily visible at the heart of the building. The design team explains: “Converting such an eloquent example of modern Quebec architectural heritage is a very delicate operation which must be approached with respect and humility.”
Client: Ville de Québec, arrondissement Sainte-Foy - Sillery - Cap-Rouge
Architects: Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas Architects
BPR: Mechanical / Electricity
Artists: Claudie Gagnon, « Réseaux ou La forêt des connaissances »