Bibliotheque du Boise: A scenic landmark within Montreal
The consortium Eric Pelletier, Cardinal Hardy – two firms that joined Lemay in 2013 and 2014 respectively – and Labonté Marcil architects, has designed the Bibliotheque du Boise project. Completed in 2014, the contemporary building is located between Thimens Boulevard and the Marcel-Laurin Park in Montreal, Canada.
The Bibliothèque du Boisé aims to become a place fostering a feeling of belonging, promoting exploration and discovery. Covering a surface area of 5,000 m², the place is integrated into the site by drawing on its major elements. This isn’t a project about architecture alone: it’s also about landscape. As such, the building connects the city with the surrounding landscape, and serves as a point of connection that allows users to explore its site—inside and outside, from Boulevard Thimens as well as from the park.
In this project, architecture is landscape and landscape is architecture. The architecture changes shape, unfolds, spreads out and rises up, reducing the boundaries between the built space and the site. There are several means of access to the building – all of which encourage interaction and discovery. Therefore, the library is not an architectural gesture, but rather an act of communication and exchange. It gives to the collectivity the opportunity to get together and know each other.
Far from a monumental approach, the library is integrated into a natural and urban context, it adds richness to the site, helps to define the space and offers a simple and universal reading. True reflection of the human condition, of the fate of a changing landscape, of its architecture, the Bibliothèque du Boisé created a significant identity hub as well as a rich, dynamic and open space where boundaries are redefined to foster discovery, learning, and a sense of belonging for the entire community.
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