Saint Raymond

Located west of Quebec City, near Jacques Cartier National Park, the client wanted a refuge to enjoy the winter. In order to take advantage of the extensive landscape provided by its open grounds with an exceptional distant view, the chalet opens generously towards the great depth of the 6 acre (25,000 m²) grounds, while at the same time providing the living spaces. In St Raymond, the architecture of the chalet is in line with the typology of the existing agricultural plain buildings, whose double-sloped roofing and typology are reminiscent of barns and vernacular farms often come in shades of grey. We take advantage of the high ceiling height offered by the 2-sided roof to install a guest room in the mezzanine. Compactness and simplicity are the founding principles of this small chalet with 816 square feet of footprint. Its two-sided crawling roof allows to enlarge the volume of this archetype, dedicated to contemplation....

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Youth Center of the Laurentides

The call for ideas for the Rehabilitation Center for young people with special education needs in the Laurentides, initiated by the Société Québécoise des Infrastructures, led to the development of a project with an interprofessional reflection aimed on the well-being of its users. The concept aims to create a certain level of intimacy with respect to the urban context. The treatment of the exterior facade is inspired by the idea of "ramification". By analogy, it suggests the importance of a strong social structure that ensures the growth and well-being of its citizens. The resulting canvas echoes the concept of  “the Forest”, which is revealed when one enters the heart of the building, where one perceives within each movement the color variations of the facade of steel blades. Extruded in its center, the project reveals a vast and enclosed outdoor space, becoming a place for walking, contemplation, games and gathering. Within each unit, the living...

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Colombarium

Set in a wooded park, the columbarium revolves around its 2 main volumes including a reception room and a chapel. Coated with raw materials, such as corten steel and concrete, which return to perennial materials, the volumes are decomposed into juxtaposed strata. The corten steel in the lower part is anchored to the horizon while the volumes of concrete rise towards the sky. Sliding in the interstices left by the volumes, the spaces of circulation unite the elements gravitating around the rooms and multiply the points of view framing the landscape. Crossed by a fault of light, the alcoves are conceived as more intimate spaces, conducive to recollection. They contain the niches where the funeral urns are placed. Outside, the main traffic axis extends to cross the water basins symbolizing the transition to the beyond. Indicating the path, corten steel blades extend to the garden to blend into the landscape. In the...

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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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