Guido Molinari foundation

At his death, the minimalist painter Guido Molinari left as a legacy his former atelier/residence.  Located in a former bank, the space would be used as a conservation and dissemination center for the artist’s creative work. The exhibit space, located in the main hall of the former bank, faced two major constraints.  Having two facades completely covered by windows, it didn’t have enough display surfaces.  Also, some of the artist’s enormous paintings could only be stored within the space.  The solution was to design three movable volumes that could contain large format paintings and be used as extra display surfaces.  These storage blocks can be moved at will to create a multitude of configurations....

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Cistercian Abbey

The Cistercian monks of the Abbaye Notre-Dame-du-Lac in Oka needed to move their dwindling community to a new building. The chosen site was 1-1/2 hour north of Montreal, in a pristine unpopulated forest. Every architect in Quebec was invited to submit their proposal for the future abbey. Sixty-seven entries were presented. Our project was selected along with 4 other finalists to present in the second phase. The Cistercian order is the most minimalist of all. No ornamentation nor distraction is desired. By limiting the palette of materials, we created a serene and austere environment to tune the senses into the fragile and delicate experience of monastic life. The monk’s space of solitude is delineated by a pure rectangular form inserted in the dense untouched forest. It acts as a membrane that filters by osmosis the exchanges with the outside world : air, sound, light and visitors. Within the membrane, the compound is organized around...

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Confluent’s Theater

The city of Dolbeau-Mistassini launched an architectural competition in order to provide the community with an auditorium. It was decided to carry out the project in an unoccupied former elementary school. One of the major challenges consisted in developing the existing building and maximizing its use by reusing the current premises; including a partly-hidden gym....

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Urban Mausoleum

One of our greatest certainty is that one day we will cease to exist.  Whereas every great civilization developed its own mortuary architecture, our modern society doesn’t seem to produce any kind of meaningful architecture celebrating death. This project explores the possibility to reintegrate the funeral monument at the core of our cities. Mimicking seashells and coral reefs, the main structure is an endless spiral to which a robot adds a new growth slice everyday.  As people pass away, new urns are superposed, allowing the structure to support the next level.  It registers the passage of time and lives by small accretions.  Over the years, the structure becomes a collective expression that immortalizes and exposes the multitude of lives that preceded us.  Going endlessly up, the monument is in constant evolution.  It acquires the properties of living....

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