Charlesbourg Library

Part building, part landscape

  • Client

    City of Quebec

  • Year

    2003-2006

  • Location

    Canada

4 Awards

2009
Excellence Award, category Cultural Building
Quebec Order of Architects
2008
Quebec City Architectural Merit Award, category: People’s Choice
City of Québec
2007
Sustainable Community Award, category Buildings
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
2007
Energy Saving Award
FEEQ
2007
Best of Canada
Canadian Interiors Magazine
2004
Excellence Award
Canadian Architect Magazine
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One of four historic districts

More than a simple library, the Charlesbourg Library is part of a revitalization plan for one of Quebec City's four historic districts.

At the centre of a Renaissance-inspired plan designed by Jesuits in 1637, Lemay’s design for the library is sensitive to its heritage context while employing contemporary construction techniques. It involves the construction of a major addition to the existing public library adjacent to historic Saint-Charles-Borromée Church.

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The library was designed as a democratic space offering a unique visitor experience. With its multipurpose spaces and cutting-edge technology, it attracts all generations. Part building and part landscape, the library is woven into its site with a field of wild grasses running over the roof. This green roof, one of the largest in Canada, was designed to be an accessible public park, perfect for reading and relaxing in the company of book lovers.

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