Carrefour des sciences appliquées
By : Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux I NFOE Architectes
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Public Building / Higher Education & Research Building : Silver Certification
Located on Concordia University's Loyola Campus, the Applied Science Hub is a new open, bright, and efficient research and development centre, housing state-of-the-art facilities. Aiming for LEED Gold certification, this 8,700 m2 pavilion is connected to the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex by a walkway at the 3rd floor level.
Neat and coherent, the volumetric composition contributes above all to the dynamism of the users' path. The verticality expressed by the curtain wall of the volume of the 4 upper floors establishes the pavilion's belonging to the built framework of the campus and succeeds in integrating it into the scale of the different building templates. The envelope of the first floor is based on the contrast of solids and voids, with clear glass for the open portions and elongated brick for the closed spaces. The use of the curtain wall thus opens the door to the use of a renewed vocabulary, precursor to this new development on the site, and echoing the avant-garde research taking place at the Applied Science Hub. This divergence from the existing architectural language distinguishes the new pavilion which, although established outside the main complex, contributes, through its massing and the resulting visual openings, to create views towards the heart of the campus and to highlight the administrative pavilion and its tower, an irrevocable landmark of the site.
Architect : Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes
Architect : NFOE