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Boustrophedon Garden in Québec City, Canada by PLANT Architect

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Article source: PLANT Architect

boustrophedon: Alternating right to left and left to right –
the pattern of oxen tilling the land, or of an ancient form of writing.

The  6.1m x 21.3m Boustrophedon Garden was one of eleven “Ephemeral Gardens” made for Québec City’s year-long 400th anniversary festival in 2008, and were on show from June 16 to September 30, 2008. Gardens were intended to reflect the major festival themes including the indigenous region and its peoples, and the French settlement of Québec. Our response was to draw ideas from Québec’s regional long-lot system – fundamental to creating the distinctive thin-striped pattern of agricultural development in the province – and Samuel de Champlain’s (the great explorer, and founder of Québec City) rigorous agricultural experimentation and recordings done to ensure the survival of the future colonizers of New France in the 17th century.

Image Courtesy Mary Tremain, Jessica Craig/PLANT

  • Architects: PLANT Architect
  • Project: Boustrophedon Garden
  • Location: Québec City, Canada
  • Structural: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
  • PLANT Team: Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Chris Pommer, Jane Hutton, Elise Shelley, Jessica Craig
  • Photography: Mary Tremain, Jessica Craig/PLANT


National Museum of Fine Arts – Expansion Proposal in Quebec City, Canada by OMA Architect

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Article source: OMA Architect

The MNBAQ and its new pavilion are enveloped in a context of historical heritage. Listed buildings in a historical park populated by centenary trees constitute a straightjacket of inhibiting concerns. The complexity of the context- the urban requirements, the respect for heritage, the significance of the surroundings, the dispersal of the various museum buildings, the heterogeneity of the historical buildings constitutes a series of paradoxes that we had to deal with.

Image Courtesy BIG

  • Architects: OMA Architect
  • Project: Extension of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Location: Quebec City, Canada
  • Type: Competition
  • Client: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Size: 10 000 m2


Expansion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Canada by OMA

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Article source: OMA

The new building for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec – the museum’s fourth building in an increasingly complicated site, interconnected yet disparate – is a subtly ambitious, even stealthy, addition to the city. Rather than creating an iconic imposition, it forms new links between the park and the city, and brings new coherence to the MNBAQ.

Atrium (© OMA; image by Luxigon)

  • Architect: OMA
  • Project: Expansion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
  • Location: Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Québec City, Canada
  • Client: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Status: Competition 2010, 1st place.
  • Completion: fall 2013
  • Drawings and Images: © OMA; image by Luxigon


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