Monique Corriveau Library
Ivory Prestige, Grey Anthracite Avenue and Ivory Avenue Pavers covering 14,000 sq. ft.
A Shrine to Culture
A $17 million investment transformed Saint-Denys-du-Plateau church into a modern library. The clean, contemporary architecture has gained widespread notice in Sainte-Foy, Quebec. Many had doubts regarding the massive, complicated project. However, the library’s enrolment has swelled since opening in November 2013. There’s something for everyone: a coffee bar, a multimedia room, a nursing room, 60 computer workstations, a digital wall, eight videogame consoles, activity rooms and, of course, reading rooms.
The building is complemented by landscaping. Diana Cardas, an architect from CLC Architectes, explains that the layout was designed to unify pedestrian walkways and vehicular roadways while maintaining a distinct character for each. The pavers’ ivory colour is consistent throughout. The forecourt is accented by the linearity of the 100 mm x 600 mm Avenue pavers with a discreet insertion of 200 mm x 600 mm ones. This paver is also used for the agora at the other end of the building. The car park has granite gray bands that contrast beautifully with the familiar 200 x 600 ivory Avenue pavers they cross at the car park’s entrance. Ivory Prestige pavers were used for all the other walkways around the building.
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