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.
La Maison du Pilote du Bas-St-Laurent in Québec, Canada by CCM2 architectes
June 7th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: CCM2 architectes
The original building, which won 3 architecture prices, was designed by Pierre Morel in 1986, who will later become a CCM2 architects associate and work also on the extension in 2010.
Bordered on the East side by the St.Lawrence River, on the West side by Louise Basin, on the North side by Port of Québec’s silos and on the South side by Québec’s Old Town and Upper Town, the 3-level building was designed to offer a panoramic view with its many terraces. The extension from 2010 is also built on 3 levels at the North end of the existing building. On the first floor, it consists of a locative space with closed offices, an open flexible workspace, a rest area and a reception front desk. On the upper levels, the space is completely occupied by the Corporation des Pilotes du Bas-St-Laurent. The project was to reorganize the existing interior space, the extension of the front desk, the addition of a closed office, the addition of two multifunctional meeting rooms and a café.
These new functions, additions and reorganization of the interior space are juxtaposed to create an image of contrasting colored boxes stacked-up to remind us of the maritime transport, commercial exchanges in Port of Québec and river movement. Every existing window has been vertically extended from floor to ceiling to increase the feeling of exterior openness and natural light source in the workspaces. In order to keep the panoramic aspect of the location, the fenestration is brighten up by large openings meticulously placed around the building.
A game of subtraction, juxtaposition, overhangs and indents defines the new section and transforms the existing building through an architectural language coherent with its environment. Opposite views between the river and Louise Basin, the silo and Upper Town translate into emptied black boxes opened on the desired view. Moving white boxes allow the exterior context to be in constant mutation with the interior.
The Maison du Pilote is designed to enhance the maritime environment and to be a flagship at the entry of Louise Basin and Port of Québec. Its renewed image points out the importance of the ship pilots who ensure the commercial navigation on the St.Lawrence River.
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