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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.

Saint-Eustache Library in Montréal, Canada by ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

 
January 10th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

The Guy- Bélisle library is a 2 600 square meter public library with a multipurpose space that services the city of Saint-Eustache, located North of Montréal, Canada.  The dark mineral clad project marks the entry to the city on a picturesque tree lined riverside site.

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

The volumetric concept of the project is based on a simple extruded rectangular tube that is folded twice.  At each end of the elevated tube, glass surfaces open fully to views of the river at the level of the abundant tree tops. The two chamber like reading areas are located at the back of the site, and are wrapped in warm wood cladding on all interior surfaces.  One reading room is cantilevered 3.5 meters over the sloped river bank, reinforcing the dramatic views while providing cover for the exterior terrace.

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Along the main road the sculptural wood screen animates the façade from the interior, and defines the energetic young adult work space.  The main entry hall is a flexible, multipurpose space that can accommodate exhibitions, library events, and community gatherings.  The wood textured precast concrete frame of the principal façade, presents the activities of library to the city, and the city to the library. The fenestration and articulation of the two side elevations is strategically minimal, placing a greater emphasis on the transparency of the front and back of the project, while organizing the interior programmatic spaces of the library.

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

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Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

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