LAB-École PROJECT -SCHOOLYear : 2022
Location : Chicoutimi, Saguenay (Qc), Canada
GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN AWARDS 2022, Concept Institutionnel
AZ Awards 2021, premier prix Unbuilt Projects, École Marguerite-D’Youville (in consortium avec Étienne Bernier Architecture + BGLA)
INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN AWARDS 2023, silver winner, educational architecture concept, professional category
The shared spaces and passages give onto the yard, creating transient zones between the movement and noise of recess and the calm that fosters concentration, necessary to classrooms’ learning climate. In this way, all classrooms enjoy the northern light.
The project is articulated across three main construction areas; one gathering the spaces open to the community, while the other two gather the different learning communities and staff areas.
Implanted at the heart of an urban fabric broken up by large islands of vegetation, the project proposes a landscaping that enriches its surrounding landscape all while complementing it.
This new school will welcome students from preschool to grade 6 and will count 15 classrooms, including 3 pre-school and 12 elementary classrooms, a single gymnasium, as well as gathering spaces for moving, collaborating, and eating. The architectural project celebrates a thoughtful connection with the territory by inspiring itself from vernacular architecture and the use of regional materials, raw or recycled, that encourage a circular economy.