By : Lemay
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Special Award / Architecture + Climate Change : Silver Certification
Categories : Special Award / Building Conversion & Recycling (Rebirth Project) : Silver Certification
Categories : Commercial Building / Low-Rise Office Building (< 5 storey-high) : Platinum Winner
This Montreal office was a decommissioned 1950s-era warehouse, in a dense downtown neighbourhood, before its radical transformation into a model for sustainable design innovation and workplace wellness strategies.
Instead of designing a new building, Lemay saw in the massive concrete structure the potential to avoid tonnes of carbon emissions and accommodate offices for its growing transdisciplinary team. A metaphor for rebirth, “The Phenix” now hosts some 350 professionals and is an experimental laboratory for best practices.
The light-filled workspace is equipped with top-quality air and water filtration systems, openable windows, green walls and panels, indoor and outdoor design and amenities to promote physical activity, and touchless washroom faucets – integrated years before the pandemic we are living today. Hydronic radiant heating, energy storage, solar panels and heat-recovery systems are part of a leading-edge energy-transition plan from natural gas to renewable energy.
The award-winning green building is aiming for LEED-Platinum certification and net-positive energy; it is certified net-zero carbon and among the world’s first projects with a 3-star Fitwel rating for occupant wellness.
By integrating so many wellness and sustainability strategies synergistically, for the same costs as a standard building, Lemay hopes to inspire its clients and peers to develop their own innovations in these areas.