By : ABCP + BGLA, architectes en consortium
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Architecture : Grand Winner
Categories : Commercial Building / Low-Rise Office Building (< 5 storeys) : Platinum Winner
Categories : Special Award / Building Conversion & Adaptive Reuse : Platinum Winner
This project involved rehabilitating, renovating, and developing the Au Pied-du-Courant heritage complex, which consisted of the former 1840 Patriotes prison (classified as a heritage building) and the 1921 Commission des liqueurs warehouse. The goal of the project was twofold: add a building with a new contemporary identity and design the head offices of Télé-Québec and SODEC in activity-based work mode for 400 people.
The warehouse envelope was completely deconstructed and replaced with a new contemporary curtain wall. The contrast approach used to distinguish the two buildings ensures mutual respect for scale and rhythm, thanks in particular to the use of metal bands aligned with the stone of the prison and the insertion of metal sliders. Overall, the project had the dual benefit of reducing energy consumption and increasing brightness in open work areas. Each section of the complex has its own distinctive windows, infusing each with a distinct atmosphere.
The design of the workspaces, meeting and teleconference rooms, server rooms, and dining areas highlights the original interior finishes. Great attention was paid to acoustic comfort and the choice of materials and furniture with low VOC emissions, along with numerous other measures to enhance occupant well-being.