Architem design an iconic structure for the town of Trois-Rivières
The project, an outdoor amphitheatre for 10,000 and a 4-season building with support functions, is located in Trois-Rivières, Canada. The guiding objectives of the brief were to create an iconic structure as a symbol for the town, to follow sustainable design principles and to achieve this within the $30M budget 1.
Inspired by the town's history, with its roots in the lumber industry, Architem's project creates an icon in the landscape and focuses on the connection to the water. The forest informs and inspires the building's architectural design expression. The exterior wall, recalls the poetry of the seasonal movement of branches, its laciness and transparency.
Its 3-dimensional façade, Modulation orchestrée, is formed using prefabricated façade system of perforated metal cylinders in an innovative way. The building frames views through to the river and provides a vibrating rhythm on its double skin, a kinetically created illusion that changes as we move along its face. With its dynamic movement it also recalls the cultural function of the project- music and dance.At night, the facade glows as a floating wave that transforms itself into a colourfully lit beacon, a magnet to the cultural arena.
The square, geometrically formal on the city side, deconstructs on the river side, as a landscaped roof for the amphitheatre, an origami play of folded planes generating accessible platforms for a variety of activities. Viewed from the river, the building is a distinctive ICON in the river parkland. Ephemeral yet grounded, it reaches to the sky with lightness and colour.
To ensure a project that is dynamic and supportive of civic and cultural life, Architem designed the project to be supportive of year round activities. They have created a new river-front park with the building and amphitheatre as its structural centre. The building consolidates all the projects programmatic requirements into a central location and is zoned according to its seasonal requirements, maximizing access to natural light and ventilation and minimizing energy needs. Their solution also promotes enjoyment of the site for non-concert goers during concerts as well as during the winter months when the amphitheatre is not in use.