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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.

Services and Discovery Center of Îles-de-Boucherville National Park in Canada by Smith Vigeant architects

January 8th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com 

The Îles-de-Boucherville National Park, which offers great outdoor experiences just minutes away from downtown-Montreal, is now equipped with a new discovery and services center designed by Smith Vigeant Architectes.

An harmonious assembling of textures, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

  • Architects: Smith Vigeant architects
  • Project: Services and Discovery Center of Îles-de-Boucherville National Park
  • Location: Boucherville, Canada
  • Photography: Adrien Williams
  • Client: SEPAQ
  • Engineers: WSP and Bouthillette Parizeau
  • Landscape Architect: BC2
  • General Contractor: Construction R. Bélanger
  • Project Manager: Daniel Smith
  • Architecture Team Members: Stéphan Vigeant, Anik Malderis, Cindy Neveu, Mariana Segui, Maxime Varin
  • Budget: 3.5 M$
  • Area: 510 m2/5490 ft2
  • Project occupation date: June 2017

The heart of the tree, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

The center is both the main welcoming point for visitors of the park and a showcase building for Sepaq, the network of national parks in Quebec. Entirely made of local wood, the center confirms Sepaq’s commitment to be an ambassador of wood construction excellence and Smith Vigeant

Architectes’ expertise in wood construction design.

The conceptual quality of this project is the result of an integrated design process and active collaboration between the architects, engineers and Sepaq’s team. The center invites visitors on a discovery of nature and provides a place for social interaction. The architecture respects and reflects its environment as the building achieves high standards of environmental performance and was designed to fit harmoniously within the site.

The hub, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

Welcome area and natural light, Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

The buildings undulated edges were carefully placed to minimize tree cutting, and encourage visitors to wander around and progressively discover the space. The fluid motion is accentuated by a textured veil: a succession of wooden slats overlapping the siding all around the building. This cladding also acts as a light filter and produces shadows dancing across the ground, reminding of the willows’ foliage. Inside, a curvy channel-like recess on the ceiling and a skylight bring in natural light and enhances natural ventilation. The architectural composition is all tied-in together by a glass curtain wall which offers direct views of the parks from the inside and reflecting nature on the tainted glass outside.

The discovery and services center of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park has been awarded by the prestigious American Architecture Prize and is currently in competition for other architecture and design awards.

About Smith Vigeant Architectes

The multidisciplinary team at SVA is made up of a dynamic group of architects, environmental designers, interior designers and technologists whose broad range of competencies and experience play an essential role in the creative process of the firm. With 25 years of experience spanning across all sectors, SVA is recognized for the quality of its work and its capacity to constantly adapt to the needs of new clients.

Bioclimatic Crosssection (English version), Image Courtesy © Smith Vigeant architects

Bioclimatic Crosssection (French version), Image Courtesy © Smith Vigeant architects

SIte Plan (English version), Image Courtesy © Smith Vigeant architects

SIte Plan (French version), Image Courtesy © Smith Vigeant architects

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