Combining functionality and aesthetics

  • Client

    Government of Quebec
  • Location

    475 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 5C4, Canada
  • Year

  • Collaboration

    Patkau, Croft Pelletier*, Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés, in consortium (*now Lemay)
  • Discipline(s)

Combining functionality and aesthetics

Designing the most important cultural institution in the province of Quebec was not only a privilege, but also an incredible opportunity to re create an iconic building in the urban landscape of Montreal. With over 2.5 million visitors per year, the Quebec National Library is both a center of knowledge and a cultural focal point. Integrating an exhibition space, an auditorium, a conference center, meeting rooms, and bookstores, it is among the largest public libraries in the French-speaking world. Combining functionality and aesthetics, the library perfectly balances Quebec’s rich history, identity and literature in a refined architectural presence designed to represent the communities it serves.


Awards and mentions

Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (IIT)
Medal Recipient
Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
Award Recipient
AIA/ALA Library Buildings Award