The project involves the expansion and modification of Saint-Viateur School in Saint-Rémi by the Centre de services scolaire des Grandes Seigneuries. The expansion includes nine classrooms, a double gymnasium, and services. The heritage building, constructed in 1886, was expanded in 1935 and 1946, with a wing modified in 2011. The new expansion is geothermally heated, benefits from high-efficiency ventilation, and houses the gymnasium, daycare, and library on the lower floors while the classrooms are above. A curtain wall in shades of blue decorates the lower exterior, while the upper floors blend harmoniously with the existing wing of red brick.
The new gymnasium, attached to the southeast wing, aligns with the gray stone of the main block. A projecting blue volume houses the schoolyard entrance, highlighting an arched window that proudly displays the original bell. A sculpture created by Guillaume Boudrias-Plouffe, placed on a concrete base, marks the shared entrance with the community. The school carefully organizes the upper-level classes to promote academic success while placing preschool classes on the ground floor for direct access to the schoolyard.
A gathering space with tiered seating, covered in blue tones matching the exterior, comfortably accommodates two classes and serves as a central point for public, community, sports, and cultural activities. The Learning Hub, surrounded by a curtain wall, offers panoramic views of the roundabout and front courtyard, with built-in benches for reading comfort. Playful cabin-shaped furniture divides the librarian's space from the children's area, cleverly concealing structural elements.
1 725 m2
2022 Grands Prix du Design - Architecture Silver Certification Category: Public Building / School & Preschool Education Building
2022 Grands Prix du Design - Interior Design Silver Certification Category: Education, Institution & Healthcare / Elementary School & Kindergarten