Discovery and Services Center in Îles-de-Boucherville Sépaq National Park

Discovery and Services Center in Îles-de-Boucherville Sépaq National Park, Canadian Public Building, Architecture

Discovery and Services Center in Îles-de-Boucherville Sépaq National Park

Contemporary Building in Montreal, Canada – design by Smith Vigeant architectes

4 Dec 2017

Discovery and Services Center

Design: Smith Vigeant architectes

Location: Boucherville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A Brand New Discovery and Services Center for the Îles-de-Boucherville Sépaq National Park

The service and discovery center received two awards at the 2017 American Architecture Prize.

Discovery and Services Center in Iles de Boucherville Sepaq National Park

The center is both the main welcoming point for visitors of the park and a showcase building for Sepaq, the network of national parks in Quebec. Entirely made of local wood, the center confirms Sepaq’s commitment to be an ambassador of wood construction excellence and Smith Vigeant

Discovery and Services Center in Iles de Boucherville Sepaq National Park

Architectes’ expertise in wood construction design.

The conceptual quality of this project is the result of an integrated design process and active collaboration between the architects, engineers and Sepaq’s team. The center invites visitors on a discovery of nature and provides a place for social interaction. The architecture respects and reflects its environment as the building achieves high standards of environmental performance and was designed to fit harmoniously within the site.

Discovery and Services Center in Iles de Boucherville Sepaq National Park

The buildings undulated edges were carefully placed to minimize tree cutting, and encourage visitors to wander around and progressively discover the space. The fluid motion is accentuated by a textured veil: a succession of wooden slats overlapping the siding all around the building. This cladding also acts as a light filter and produces shadows dancing across the ground, reminding of the willows’ foliage. Inside, a curvy channel-like recess on the ceiling and a skylight bring in natural light and enhances natural ventilation. The architectural composition is all tied-in together by a glass curtain wall which offers direct views of the parks from the inside and reflecting nature on the tainted glass outside.

Discovery and Services Center in Iles de Boucherville Sepaq National Park

The discovery and services center of the Îles-de-Boucherville National Park has been awarded by the prestigious American Architecture Prize and is currently in competition for other architecture and design awards.  

Discovery and Services Center in Iles de Boucherville Sepaq National Park

Discovery and Services Center in Îles-de-Boucherville Sépaq National Park – Building Information

Location: Boucherville, QC
Budget: 3.5 M$
Project occupation date: June 2017
Area: 510 sqm/5490 ft2
Client: SEPAQ
Architects: Smith Vigeant Architectes Inc.
Engineers: WSP and Bouthillette Parizeau 
Landscape Architect: BC2
General Contractor: Construction R. Bélanger
Project Manager: Daniel Smith
Architecture Team Members: Stéphan Vigeant, Anik Malderis, Cindy Neveu, Mariana Segui, Maxime Varin

About Smith Vigeant Architectes
The multidisciplinary team at SVA is made up of a dynamic group of architects, environmental designers, interior designers and technologists whose broad range of competencies and experience play an essential role in the creative process of the firm. With 25 years of experience spanning across all sectors, SVA is recognized for the quality of its work and its capacity to constantly adapt to the needs of new clients.

Discovery and Services Center in Iles de Boucherville Sepaq National Park

Photographs: Adrien Williams

Discovery and Services Center in Îles-de-Boucherville Sépaq National Park images / information recieved 041217


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.




Montreal Architecture

Montreal Buildings

Montreal Architecture Walking Tours

McGill University Schulich School of Music – New Music Building, Montreal
Design: Saucier + Perrotte
New Music Building Montreal
photograph : Marc Cramer

McGill University Schulich School of Music

Palais des Congrés, Place Jean-Paul Riopelle
Realisation: Les architectes Tétrault, Dubuc, Saia et associés
Hal Ingberg architecte (Independant architectural consultant and co-designer)
Montreal building
picture : Hal Ingberg

Palais des Congrés Montreal

Montreal Architect Studio




Website : Boucherville

Architecture in Canada

Canadian Architects

Canadian Houses

Canadian Buildings

Housing Design

Comments / photos for the Discovery and Services Center in Îles-de-Boucherville Sépaq National Park page welcome

Discovery and Services Center Building

Website : Smith Vigeant architectes