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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Stinson Transport Center in Montréal Transit Society (Stm), Canada by Lemay Associés

 
March 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Lemay Associés

“The project’s thematic orientation is based on an analogy. A succession of ideas which nourish intersect and form a pattern, a framework of action. It is based on the concept of building ties… ” In anticipation of an increase in its services planned over the next few years, the STM will expand its fleet of busses and must build a new transport centre. The proposed Stinson Transport Center will accommodate 300 vehicles and 800 employees and will aim an ambitious LEED Gold certification.

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  • Architect: Lemay Associés
  • Name of Project: Stinson Transport Center
  • Location: Montréal Transit Society (Stm), Canada
  • Credit / image: Lemay associés [architecture design]

The main challenge to achieve a harmonious integration for the project was to optimize the ecological footprint of the site. With that perspective, the architects and the client agreed to internalize most of the circulation for bus parking inside the building. However, the consequence of this approach is an immense floor plate and a rather large horizontal volume. Thus, the sheer size of the facility, its integration in the surrounding context and the architectural treatment became major issues.

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These considerations were developed an architectural device referred to as the “weaving”. The “weaving machine” proposes to mesh together the structural grid of the building and the landscape into a new multifunctional feature which will become the signature of the project: the roofscape. The size of 7 football fields, the rooftop landscape simultaneously became the main driver for design intent.

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The design intent was to achieve a seamless weaving of the project into the surrounding urban fabric. through the introduction of a new dialog element: an interface which will serve as a catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding industrial sector. Characterized by simple and contemporary volumetrics, the project is based on functional principles which give it its geometric singularity.

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The design intent was to achieve a seamless weaving of the project into the surrounding urban fabric. Strongly related to its urban context, the integration of building, site and landscape creates a singular and cohesive ensemble. This ensemble simultaneously addresses urban integration considerations while actively participating in the streetscape, thus helping the overall rejuvenation of the sector.

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Description of Lemay

Our Vision

To be the leading Quebec firm, with international outreach, in the integrated design of the built environment through a distinctive creative approach which meets the strategic needs of our clients.

Our Mission

To design, in a stimulating and congenial working environment, life spaces which promote the client’s identity, improve the quality of life of users and enhance community impact by optimizing the use of resources and minimizing the ecological footprint.

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Our Corporate Values

Afin de soutenir notre vision et notre mission, les valeurs Lemay que nous voulons promouvoir sont :

  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Respect for the environment
  • Excellence

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Our History

Established in 1957 and boasting over 50 years of success, Lemay is one of the largest integrated design firms in the country, with offices in Montréal and Québec, as well as in Algeria and Costa Rica. Backed by its team of multidisciplinary designers, the firm offers a vast range of creative services in architecture, urban design, interior design and graphic design.

Lemay distinguishes itself from its competitors with distinctive, original and memorable projects of all scales and complexities. The fruit of collective knowledge supported by a half-century of experience, these projects are also the result of the firm’s unique creative approach. This driving force is animated by a constant search for excellence and a firm volition to innovate and question conventional practices, particularly those pertaining to the environment. A true partner to its clients, Lemay offers a memorable service experience founded on a synergy of expertise, teamwork and the talent of its multidisciplinary creators.

Lemay aims to create sustainable added value for its clients, their users and the community, while promoting the efficient use of natural resources and minimizing the ecological footprints of its projects in every facet, from the design and construction phases through to commissioning.

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