The Monique-Corriveau Library

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  • designDan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas
  • categorieCultural Establishment
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The Saint-Denys-du-Plateau church at 1100 Route de l’Église in Quebec City, which dates back to 1964, recently underwent a rehabilitation that saw it converted into a space that now houses theMonique-Corriveau Library. The unusual building looks like a massive tent inflated by the wind, which blends into the winter scenery. From the front, it appears as a fantastical, legendary creature, its long, organic lines extending like some giant bird in the middle of a snowy plain, and its former bell tower, the animal’s elongated neck, rising skyward. The architecture of this former place of worship invites the elevation of mind and spirit; it has been transformed into a place of culture, community, exchange and dreams. The architects respected the original structure and created new spaces over three floors featuring delicate structural elements of glass and metal. Strategically placed windows and skylights throughout the building let light trickle in during the day and allow it to shine out at night, transforming the building into a beacon, a landmark inthe community. The spectacular volume of this former church has been preserved in this wood, glass and metal structure that is both a bold reinterpretation and a masterful marriage of its past and present vocations.

  • designDan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas
  • categorieCultural Establishment
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