Brault & Martineau Laval
By : Coarchitecture
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Commercial Building / Department Store & Shopping Mall : Gold Certification
Categories : Special Award / Wood featured in architecture : Gold Certification
The Brault and Martineau store of Laval emphasizes natural light, sobriety and user comfort. It seeks to create spaces where warmth, contemporaneity and simplicity come together to offer a unique client experience. Made of glue laminated structural wood, the store is an exceptional building that highlights the knowhow of local craftsmen through its one-of-a-kind look.
The big box store is built around a central corridor enhanced by linear wooden skylights extending from one end of the building to the other. The various sales sections are laid out on both sides of this central corridor while the main entrance, at the north end, is highlighted by double height glass used as a lantern at night.
The wood used creates a warm and peaceful atmosphere while having numerous advantages from a technical point of view. Use of glue laminated structural wood was preferred since it is a regional, natural and sustainable material that requires little energy for its transformation. The wood structure also helped sequestrate more than 700 tons of CO2 through the use of more than 1,000 cubic metres of wood from responsibly managed forests (FSC certification).
Architect : Coarchitecture
General Contractor : Pomerleau
Engineering : Génie plus
Engineering : Blondin Fortin Associés