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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.

Lasalle Waterworks Building in Montreal, Canada by Affleck de la Riva architects

 
October 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Affleck de la Riva architects

The history of civilisations and cities are intrinsically tied to the presence of water.  Ancient civilisations grew up in fertile river valleys and the development of cities depended on the ready availability of water for both potable use and public sanitation.  The infrastructure used to control and distribute water in the urban environment has a long and distinguished architectural history.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

  • Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
  • Project: Lasalle Waterworks Building
  • Location: Corner of LaSalle Blvd. and 75th Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Marc Cramer, Affleck de la Riva,  Alexandre Chabot
  • Project manager: Gavin Affleck
  • Project team: Steven Leather, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Federico Carbajal, Serge Gascon and Melanie Morris
  • Landscape architect: CIMA + (Alain Bourassa), Civil, structural, mechanical
Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

  • Client: City of Montreal
  • Electrical  engineers: AXOR Experts conseils
  • Type of project: nstitutional, infrastructure
  • Budget: 5 100 000 $CA
  • Area of project: 4 850 ft2 / 450 m2
  • Project end date: 2012
  • Awards: 2013 OAQ Award of Excellence in Architecture, Finalist
Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

The Lasalle Waterworks Building is located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River at the entrance of the Montreal Aqueduct, the source of the city’s drinking water.  Sited in a broad waterfront park, the project includes three structures – a historic Spanish Colonial pump-house dating from 1923, a 1975 addition to this structure, and a new addition housing an air-filtering device.  Using an integrated landscape strategy to create links between these disparate components, the project engages the waterfront park as a comprehensive whole.

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

An elliptical berm composed of excavation material is superimposed around all three structures to create a conceptual cradle for the scheme.  Secondary elliptical pods organise existing landscape features including two groves of mature trees.  The new addition, located at the center of the berm, also assumes an elliptical form – in this case an extruded ellipse that permits the development of the new program beneath a green roof.

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Chabot

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Chabot

The restoration and renovation of the first two structures consolidates the material palette of the Spanish Colonial pump house – white stucco and terra-cotta roofs – and the extruded ellipse of the new addition, in textured red brick, picks up on the terracotta roof of the 1923 structure.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

The project’s emphasis on the landscape as a unifying medium has important technical dimensions.  The project is a LEED certified initiative that uses indigenous plants, natural collection and treatment of surface water and various green energy strategies including geothermal heating and photovoltaic solar collectors. The project was a finalist for an Award of excellence from the Order of Architects of Quebec in 2013.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Founded in 1995 by Gavin Affleck and Richard de la Riva and based in Montreal, Canada, Affleck de la Riva Architects believe that quality environmental design is an agent of social change and a key element in fostering citizenship, social equity, and healthy lifestyles.  The firm provides services for the design and construction of institutional, commercial and residential projects and has also developed specific expertise in urban design and the restoration of historic structures.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

For more than twenty years, through a wide range and scale of projects including research, competitions, and built work, Affleck de la Riva has been exploring the potential of history and landscape to generate contemporary architecture. An interest in the craft-based traditions of noble materials has led to a number of building restoration commissions, including several important historic monuments. One cannot build contemporary architecture without having assimilating the lessons of the past.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

The quality of Affleck de la Riva’s work has been recognized by numerous international publications (France, England, United States, Spain, China, Romania, South Korea, Turkey, etc.) and invitations to lecture in Europe and across North America. The firm is the recipient of more than a dozen professional distinctions including first prize awards in three open architectural competitions, a Governor General of Canada Award, two Awards of Excellence from the Order of Architects of Quebec, and an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Architect magazine.

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Image Courtesy © Marc Cramer

Gavin Affleck and Richard de la Riva are active members of Canada’s architectural community. They have taught at schools of architecture across the country and contributed to numerous committees and organisations.

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Chabot

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Chabot

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Chabot

Image Courtesy © Alexandre Chabot

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

Image Courtesy © Affleck de la Riva

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