Architecture Canada n°9 2nd semestre 2010
Architecture Canada n°9 2nd semestre 2010
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www.raic.org/2010 Classic and Contemporary continued from page 27 419546_ECO.indd 28 ■ THE 1ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA/L’INSTITUT 2/19/09 ROYAL 9:28:15 D’ARCHITECTURE AM DU CANADA some of the important design elements of the old building, » explains Pierre Morel, who was part of an architectural consortium involving Émile Gilbert et Associés, François Beauchesne and Raymond Bluteau. For instance, to complement the granite used in the original building, the design team also incorporated the material, with a modern design, into the new space situated at the back. As the Canadian Architect magazine described, in a glowing profi le of the beaux-arts courthouse expansion, a limestone similar to what appears on the original structure was used to create a fenestration pattern in the new building. That resulted in deeply recessed windows, which create an exterior wall « with incredible visual depth. » To further juxtapose the old with the new, a corridor that connects the two buildings features the original stone walls, but with more extra windows than before, to introduce more daylight into the interior. « All courthouses used to be dark spaces and not very user-friendly, » says Morel. « But now everyone is looking for open spaces, and that’s why we brought more natural light into the building and included more glass so people can get a view outside. » The $16.8-million project for Quebec’s Ministry of Justice, which began in the summer of 2001 and ended during the winter of 2003, started with the expansion and was completed with the renovation of the existing building – to keep the courthouse operational. Tight for space, the Palais de justice desperately needed more room to function. The expanded section now includes additional courtrooms, judges’offi ces and an enlarged area to store court records. Meanwhile, over 4,170-square metres of the original building were renovated to provide new offi ce space for lawyers and court administration, as wellas new electronic infrastructure to support such features as videoconferencing. The original main entrance was retained, but is now used by lawyers and judges, and for special ceremonies. Members of the public access the building via a new entrance at the side, adorned by a copper canopy. From there, they are led through a bright atrium to a crossroads between the old and the new, seamlessly blended together. Outside though, a « silent » curtain wall between the original building and the addition looks as if they are separate – illustrating what Morel describes as « an integration of the classic with the contemporary » in the same environment. ■ PHOTOS : MARC CRAMER
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