Stitched Up

27 Mar 2012

Strong ideas woven together for transport centre from Canada-based Lemay Associates

In anticipation of an increase in its services planned over the next few years, the Stinson Transport Centre (STM) will expand its fleet of buses and build a new transport centre. The proposed Stinson Transport Centre from Lemay Associates will accommodate 300 vehicles and 800 employees and will aim for an ambitious LEED Gold certification.

The main challenge to achieve a harmonious integration for the project was to optimise the ecological footprint of the site. With that perspective, the architects and the client agreed to internalise most of the circulation for bus parking inside the building. However, the consequence of this approach is an immense floor plate and a rather large horizontal volume. Thus, the sheer size of the facility, its integration in the surrounding context and the architectural treatment became major issues.

These considerations were developed an architectural device referred to as the 'weaving'. The 'weaving machine' proposes to mesh together the structural grid of the building and the landscape into a new multifunctional feature which will become the signature of the project: the roofscape. The size of 7 football fields, the rooftop landscape simultaneously became the main driver for design intent.

The design intent was to achieve a seamless weaving of the project into the surrounding urban fabric, and to create a catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding industrial sector. Characterised by simple and contemporary volumetrics, the project is based on functional principles which give it its geometric singularity.

Strongly related to its urban context, the integration of building, site and landscape creates a singular and cohesive ensemble. This ensemble simultaneously addresses urban integration considerations while actively participating in the streetscape, thus helping the overall rejuvenation of the sector.

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