By : Stantec
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Landscape & Territories
Categories : Special Awards / Landscape + Water : Bronze Certification
Categories : Urban Design / Civic Design Project : Bronze Certification
Categories : Landscape Architecture / Landscape Architecture - Cultural & Institutional Project : Bronze Certification
The Municipality of Péribonka is in the MRC of Maria-Chapdelaine in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. One of Quebec’s smallest villages, Péribonka is located on the north shore of Lac Saint-Jean. Its history is linked to the river that runs through its landscape. Its Algonquin name “pelipoko” means “river digging in the sand, where the sand moves”. The Péribonka River is the most important tributary of Lake Saint-Jean. Founded in 1888 by Édouard Niquet and his wife, Mélanie Boisvert, as well as by Édouard Milot, its colonization is the frame of the novel Maria Chapdeleine by the French writer Louis-Hémon.
In the context of the renovation and expansion of the Saint-Édouard church, classified as a historic monument for several years, the Municipality of Peribonca wished to construct a new building called “Espace Péribonka”, to move the Louis-Hémon Museum and thereby take advantage of the implementation of this project to redevelop the adjacent shores of he Péribonka River.
The mission of the museum is to preserve and transmit to future generations the quest of the writer Louis-Hémon, to promote the territory of Maria Chapdelaine and to offer a place of creation and exchange that promotes oral expression, reading and writing in French. Adjacent to the church, the new building will accommodate the services of the museum, the Town Hall, and the library.
The Municipality of Péribonka mandated Stantec to obtain a master plan for the development of the surroundings of Espace Péribonka, the redevelopment of the promenade along the river, the surroundings of the municipal fire station and the marina. The mission was to enhance the surroundings of the village center, along Édouard-Niquet street and the Péribonka River.
The task was to develop a concept adapted to the site, history and heritage, and landscape complexities of the site. The landscape concept proposal had to be innovative and encourage visitors to walk along the shores of the Péribonka River.
Despiste the complexity of the project, which implied the cohabitation with a busy provincial road, Route 169, Édouard-Niquet street, the concept included the enhancement of the natural landscape, and the building of historical heritage, the Saint-Édouard church. The project also includes the development of a bicycle station to meet the needs of cyclists using the “Bleuets” bicycle route, a loop circuit that surrounds Lac Saint-Jean and crosses 15 municipalities.