MONTREAL, July 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough
Council has adopted today a resolution endorsing the selection of the
four finalists by the jury at the end of the first stage of the
architectural competition for the renovation and expansion of the
Pierrefonds Public Library. This project is part of the Programme de rénovation, d'agrandissement et de construction des
bibliothèques publiques de Montréal (RAC) de l'Entente sur le
développement culturel de Montréal.
"In addition to providing the borough population with an inspiring and
innovative reading and knowledge place, the architecture competition
encourages creativity and improves our architects' notoriety. A cozy
library is propitious for discovery, exploration, knowledge and
intellectual development", according to the ministre de la Culture et
des Communications, Mr. Maka Kotto.
"One more step is taken towards the realization of this project, which
meets the highest standards. This project is consistent with our vision
of a cultural and future-oriented metropolis in terms of design and
sustainable development. It is with this type of competition, among
other things, that Montréal assumes its title of UNESCO City of Design
and fulfils its commitments in terms of city design and projects
quality", declared Mrs. Élaine Ayotte, responsable de la culture, du
patrimoine et du design au comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal.
"A library is a place of learning, of knowledge and of imagination. The
Pierrefonds Public Library will become an innovative place where
citizens will have access to a wide range of services and where they
will surely hang out. We are now at the stage where the imagination of
our Culture, Libraries and Social Development Division as well as of
our partners at Ville de Montréal give way to creation and
architectural art. We thank the Government of Quebec for its financial
support for this important cultural project", said Mrs. Monique Worth,
Mayor of the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.
The jury met on July 4 to analyze 10 compliant files and designated four
finalists based on an assessment according to the rules of the contest
In alphabetical order, the finalists are:
AFO (Atelier Big City, FSA architecture and L'Œuf)
BGLA and Coarchitecture
Chevalier Morales architectes and DMA architectes
Consortium Dan Hanganu architectes and Groupe A
The six jury members have designated Mr. Jacques Plante, Architect and
Associate Professor at Université Laval, author of numerous
architecture books, as president. In addition to Mr. Plante, the jury
is composed of the following members: Mrs. Phyllis Lambert, Architect
and Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mr. Oscar Ramirez, Architect
Associate at Cardin Ramirez Julien and designer of the Rio Tinto Alcan
Planetarium, Mr. Michel Beaudry, Architect at Beaudry Architecte and
member of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough's Architecture Committee, Mr.
Dominique Jacob, Director of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Culture, Sports,
Leisure and Social Development Department, and Dr. Guylaine Beaudry,
Director of the Webster Library at Concordia University.
The next steps
The selected finalists will be asked to produce a sketch / concept. The
jury will meet again on September 24 to select a winning design.
Citizens will then be invited to a public presentation of the finalists
before the jury. The winner will be announced in October 2013.
The work includes a complete renovation of the existing building and an
extension of 2,316 m2. The new facilities will include the integration of new technologies
and a radio-frequency identification system to facilitate documents
management and to offer self-service loans and returns. In addition,
the values of sustainable development will be integrated within the
project designed to receive the LEED Gold certification. The ministère
de la Culture et des Communications and Ville de Montréal will jointly
contribute with $14 million. The remaining $4.4 million will be paid by
the borough, also responsible for the operational costs.
For more information about the competition, please visit: mtlunescodesign.com.
SOURCE: Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
For further information:
Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro
Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
Ville de Montréal