Part building, part landscape

  • Client

    City of Quebec
  • Location

    Quebec City, QC, Canada
  • Year

  • Area

    3 350 m²
  • Discipline(s)


Part building, part landscape

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.

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.

Awards and mentions

People’s Choice Award
Quebec City Architectural Merit Award
Winner in Buildings
Sustainable Community Award
Award Recipient
Energy Saving Award
Canadian Interiors’ Best of Canada
Winner in Cultural Building
OAQ Award of Excellence