Museum of the Monastère des Augustines, permanent exhibition

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To underscore the pure beauty of the historic spaces of the monastery of the Augustinian Sisters of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, and to showcase the museum’s permanent exhibition in its best light, the architectsopted to create a series of simple glass display cases running along the walls from room to room. Floating at waist height with no supporting structure beneath, they reveal a singular collection of household and precious artifacts donated by the religious community. Dotted throughout the exhibition is a discreet and tasteful installation of videos by a renowned filmmaker, featuring the Sisters in their daily lives today. These clips thus offer visitors a living contact with the legacy of the Augustinian Sisters, generous women who dedicated their lives to tending to the sick. The reinterpretation of different periods of society and the care taken in preserving the spirit of the monastery moved the jury to name Bisson+Castonguay as the winners of the Exhibition award for this project, whose simple design has so effectively been put to the service of honouring the building’s rich history.

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