Cours d’école Marcelle-Robidoux
By : BC2
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Landscape & Territories
Categories : Landscape Architecture / Landscape Architecture - Cultural & Institutional Project : Gold Certification
In creating the landscaping for Marcelle Robidoux School, the BC2 design team sought to create an environment that stimulates creativity, encourages physical activity and provides opportunities for social interaction. The proposed design includes a large central courtyard, green spaces and outdoor learning and play areas.
Our role in the project included designing, overseeing the construction process, and producing plans and specifications to create an outdoor space that demonstrates that landscape architecture can be used to enhance the educational experience for students.
A seamless connection between the school and the outdoor spaces was established by creating an outdoor amphitheater, which mirrors the indoor space, and by selecting modules that echo the yellow of the building. In addition, the circles present on the building were taken up in the insertions of pavers in the courtyard.
A series of games and elements at ground level were also integrated to encourage movement and activity, including a swinging module that promotes socialization and collaboration. Special attention was also paid to making the space universally accessible, despite the challenges posed by the site’s topography.
A variety of vegetation tolerant of the harsh conditions of a schoolyard was introduced, with an emphasis on variety and survivability, as well as ornamental plants that provide interest during the school year. Existing trees on the site were preserved and incorporated into the design. The conifers incorporated into the design not only serve as wind screens, but also added a nice touch of greenery to the space. Synthetic turf was favored to create a durable and easy to maintain playing surface.
Overall, the landscape architecture at Marcelle Robidoux School is designed to create an environment that supports the educational goals of the school while being aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. The design team’s attention to detail and use of innovative materials and techniques make this project an example to follow in the field of landscape architecture.