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ABCP | Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux | Bilodeau Baril Leeming Architectes

Drummondville High School

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Educational Buildings
Firm LocationMontreal, Canada
Project locationDrummondville, Canada
CompanyABCP | Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux | Bilodeau Baril Leeming Architectes
Lead ArchitectFrançois Moreau, Jean-Pierre LeTourneux
Design TeamAssistant Architectural designers: Thibault Bayard and Matthieu Nicolas Devito / Assistant Project Manager: Pascale Ouellet-Dompierre / Partner in charge: Anik Shooner
ClientSociété québécoise des infrastructures

While designing this school that bordered on a very large wooded park, nature, or more specifically the forest, struck as the obvious starting point for the concept. Indeed, the two volumes are arranged to echo the stratification of the landscape, while the envelope, combining transparency and vertical reliefs, evokes the interplay of solids and voids at the edge of the woods. On entering the site, the visitor is in a forest: Biophilic Square [a signature space] and the benches create a public gathering space. They open up perspectives and assert the omnipresence of nature in the project.