Pavilion Guy-Rocher – Montmorency College

DKA ARCHITECTES as Architects

In September 2019 the new Health and Research Learning Center on the Collège Montmorency campus opened its doors: a 10, 865 square feet meter, four story pavilion.

The new volume is taking shape: distinct, white and refined, it evokes the College's rapidly developing sector of activity: research and health. The new spaces support applied research in neurofeedback, microbiology, entomology, chemistry and ecological agriculture. Classrooms and laboratories are designed to support active teaching, research, innovation, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Health and Research Learning Center program required a basement locker room. The main challenge, which became the guiding principle of the concept, was to find a way to bring as much natural light as possible in order to create a friendly, safe and functional space, different from a simple basement.

An indoor and outdoor bleacher allows the creation of a central space, open on all floors to the basement, providing maximum natural light. In addition, a completely glazed fault in the center of the building increases the amount of light inside. This space, around which the classes and laboratories are deployed, combines functionality and elegance. The main feature is the large concrete atrium that stretches from the basement and two floors up, framed with wood panels along the walls to create an inviting space. On the outside, a monolithic material makes it possible to distinguish the volumes and their function. In fact, the black central space, just as distinct and refined, accommodates the common spaces, creating a contrast with the white volume housing the classes and laboratories. The Guy-Rocher pavilion owns a green roof of 347 square meter

Collège Montmorency Guy-Rocher Pavilion

Green Furniture Concept as Benches

Collège Montmorency is the only college in the city of Laval, just north of Montreal. As it has nearly 8000 students and continues to grow, in 2018 Collège Montmorency began construction of a new D wing. The initial plan for a 2,600 square meter annex was quickly expanded to a 10,865 square meter, four story pavilion with a 26 million CAD budget. The new pavilion, named Guy-Rocher, opened its doors in the winter of 2019 and represents the college’s largest investment since its construction in 1976.

The new spaces support applied research in neurofeedback, microbiology, entomology, chemistry and ecological agriculture. Classrooms and laboratories are designed to support active teaching, research, innovation, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Collège Montmorency has earned the Excellence CEGEP Vert certificate for eight consecutive years. The Guy-Rocher pavilion follows the school’s environmental focus and boasts a green roof of 347 square meter. 70 forcing beds are run by a youth committee promoting urban agriculture.

The centerpiece of the new pavilion is the large atrium that stretches from the basement and two floors up. The space is dominated by a modern concrete amphitheatre. At its foot, four Nova C Benches in Bracket configurations bask in the natural light shining in abundance through the large glass curtainwall and the cathedral ceiling.

Nova C modules are heavy enough that students won’t try moving them to other parts of the college. The rib color of the benches matches the wood panels along the atrium walls and the furniture can easily be reconfigured to various configurations to suit the needs of the students enjoying a few minutes of rest between classes.

 

Architect: DKA Architectes, Yelle Maillé et associés Architectes, Yves Woodrough Architectes

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
The Pitch by Mark Odom Studio repurposes shipping containers to form a vibrant new hub for Austin, Texas
6 Jul 2022 News
The Pitch by Mark Odom Studio repurposes shipping containers to form a vibrant new hub for Austin, Texas

Located in Austin, Texas, The Pitch is a new hospitality and entertainment complex made from shippin... More

Chalet D by monovolume architecture + design brings new life to alpine architecture
6 Jul 2022 News
Chalet D by monovolume architecture + design brings new life to alpine architecture

Located in the Austrian Alps, Chalet D is a family holiday home that includes a spa area. Modern and... More

The Natural Pavilion by DP6 architectuurstudio responds to key land-use challenges in the Netherlands
4 Jul 2022 News
The Natural Pavilion by DP6 architectuurstudio responds to key land-use challenges in the Netherlands

Designed for the Floriade 2022 Expo, The Natural Pavilion by DP6 architectuurstudio is a nearly 100%... More

Sonoma home by Mork-Ulnes Architects is defined by a strong concrete structural framework
4 Jul 2022 News
Sonoma home by Mork-Ulnes Architects is defined by a strong concrete structural framework

Overlooking the vineyards of California’s Sonoma landscape, the Frame House by Mork-Ulnes Arch... More

Top 10 Trending Tiles
4 Jul 2022 News
Top 10 Trending Tiles

From bathroom walls to flooring for living spaces, tiling provides a durable, easy-to-maintain finis... More

BIG unveils a playful, wooden, colourful factory for Vestre in the middle of the Norwegian woods
3 Jul 2022 News
BIG unveils a playful, wooden, colourful factory for Vestre in the middle of the Norwegian woods

In Manor, Norway, The Plus is a new furniture factory by BIG for furniture manufacturer Vestre. Inco... More

RH+architecture develop an intriguing urban infill strategy for a Paris neighbourhood
3 Jul 2022 News
RH+architecture develop an intriguing urban infill strategy for a Paris neighbourhood

In the 11th district of Paris, the architecture of the neighbourhood has a spontaneous feel characte... More

Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands
29 Jun 2022 News
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands

  In the city center Of Heerlen, Poppodium Nieuwe Nor by diederendirrix is a unique new landma... More