Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall

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Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall

Quebec Civic Building, Canada – design by Affleck de la Riva architects

26 Aug 2014

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall

Design: Affleck de la Riva architects

Location: 7, Dr-Wilfrid-Locat Nord, Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Quebec, Canada

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall

Saint Roch de l’Achigan is a small farming community eighty kilometres north of Montreal. The community’s historic convent, built in 1881, is a landmark visible at great distances across the surrounding countryside. Located in the village center, the old convent is a building of important heritage value, a symbol of community and a source of pride for Saint Roch residents.

Saint Roch De Lachigan City Hall

The recycling of this historic structure as the city hall and municipal offices re-establishes its presence at the center of community life. The project creates a dialogue between the restored heritage building and a contemporary addition housing a new entry lobby, an elevator and a generously glazed stair-tower. Creating a new entry on the lateral street is part of an overall site strategy that relocates parking to the back of the building and frees up the front of the site for a new formal garden.

As a foil against the traditional elements of the historic structure – a mansard roof, limestone masonry, a sculpted wood gallery – the addition is conceived as a series of interlocking rectangular volumes. The vertical arrangement of these volumes creates an asymmetrical tower that echoes the old convent’s central bell-tower. Combining artisanal materials – copper and slate – with contemporary materials such as plate glass, aluminum and sheet steel, the addition provides a spacious, naturally lit lobby and up-to-date vertical circulation.

The new city hall respects the interior organisation of the original convent, centered on an entry hall and a two storey chapel. An ornate plaster vault, decorative columns and stained-glass windows in the chapel have been restored and the space has been repurposed as the municipal council chambers.

Saint Roch De Lachigan City Hall

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall – Building Information

Official name of the project: Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall
Type of project: Institutional
Location: 7, Dr-Wilfrid-Locat Nord, Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Quebec, Canada
Client: Municipality of Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan
Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Project manager: Richard de la Riva
Design architect: Richard de la Riva
Project team: Melanie Morris, Brigitte Boudreau, Cesar Vivanco and Sergio Clavijo
Structural, mechanical
and electrical engineers: Leroux Beaudoin Hurens
Budget: 2 920 000 $CA
Area of project: 16 800 ft2 / 1560 m2
Project end date: 2012

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