Bibliothèque du Boisé


Architects: | Cardinal Hardy* | Labonté Marcil | Eric Pelletier architectes* in consortium (*Lemay).
Location: 2727 Thimens Boulevard, Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Canada.
Commissioned: July 6, 2013.
Client: City of Montréal, St-Laurent Borough, Marie-Claude Le Sauteur.
Photographs: Doublespace photography and Yien Chao.

The Bibliothèque du Boisé aims to become a place fostering a feeling of belonging, promoting exploration and discovery. Located between Thimens Boulevard and the Marcel-Laurin Park, it covers a surface area of 5,000 m² and is integrated into the site by drawing on its major elements.



BibliothequeDuBoise_photo02BRThis isn’t a project about architecture alone: it’s also about landscape. As such, this certified LEED Platinum building connects the city with the surrounding landscape, and serves as a point of connection that allows users to explore its site—inside and outside, from Boulevard Thimens as well as from the park. Visitors will discover the building by approaching it from a variety of spaces both intimate and dramatic, spaces that, by offering a variety of access pathways, set the stage for the site as well as for its users


In this project, architecture is landscape and landscape is architecture. The architecture changes shape, unfolds, spreads out and rises up, reducing the boundaries between the built space and the site. There are several means of access to the building – all of which encourage interaction and discovery. Therefore, the library is not an architectural gesture, but rather an act of communication and exchange. It gives to the collectivity the opportunity to get together and know each other.










Far from a monumental approach, the library is integrated into a natural and urban context, it adds richness to the site, helps to define the space and offers a simple and universal reading. True reflection of the human condition, of the fate of a changing landscape, of its architecture, the Bibliothèque du Boisé created a significant identity hub as well as a rich, dynamic and open space where boundaries are redefined to foster discovery, learning, and a sense of belonging for the entire community.






Project team: Claude Jean, architect, project manager; Jean Marcil, architect, partner in charge; Eric Pelletier, architect, lead designer; Pierre Labonté, architect; Amélie Turgeon, architect; Annie Martineau, architect; Bao Nguyen, landscape architect, and Denis Clermont, architect.
Structural Engineer: SDK et associés inc. Hélène Brisebois, engineer.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Leroux Beaudoin Hurens et associés inc. (now known as « Beaudoin Hurens »), and Benoit Lemire, engineer, project manager.
Elevator Specialist: MCI Consultants inc. Ronald Méthé.
Acoustic Specialist: Davidson & Associés inc. Steve Davidson, engineer and Jean-Pierre Legault, acoustic consultant.
LEED Specialist: Jean-François Lepage, PA LEED; Karine St-Germain, engineer; Louis-Réjean Gagné, architect, and Josée Boutin, technician in architecture.
Contractor: Pomerleau.
Area: 5960 s.q.m., including 4286 s.q.m. for the library.
Capacity: 140 000 documents.
Program: library and all its services, Lethbridge exhibition hall and museum archives for the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec.
Materials: Wood (interior siding), zinc (exterior siding) and stone (exterior siding).
Certification: LEED NC Platinum.
Cost: Approximately $20 million CA.

Awards and distinctions:
2010 | Award of Excellence | Canadian Architect
2013 | Steel Design Award of Excellence, category Commercial – Institutional Projects, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
2013 | Steel Design Award of Excellence, category Jury Favorite Project, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
2013 | Steel Design Award of Excellence, category Green Building,  Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
2013 | Project of the Year Award, PMI-Montréal élixir Gala
2014 | Finalist, Excellence Award, category People's Choice , Centre d’expertise sur la construction commerciale en bois
2014| Canadian Green Building Award , Canada Green Building Council
2014 | Award for Project Excellence, Project Management Institute (PMI)
2014 | International VMZinc Award, category Sustainable Building, VMZINC
2015 | Certification LEED-NC 1.0 - Platinum, Canada Green Building Council
2015 | Best of Canada, category Institutional, Canadian Interiors
2015 | Finalist, Awards of Excellence, category Institutional and Public Buildings, Ordre des architectes du Québec
2015 | Grand Award of Excellence, Ordre des architectes du Québec
2015 | Grand Prix du design, category Library, Intérieurs Magazine | Agence PID