Montreal-based firm Atelier Paul Laurendeau has now completed the Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières, Canada. The project successfully releases the architect's vision for the site: a multi-use space that makes the most of its setting
The city of Trois-Rivières sits, despite its name, on the confluence of two rivers: the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence in Quebec's Mauricie region. As with so many places where rivers meet, the spot is a dramatic setting for bold architectural projects, the most notable of which is Amphithéâtre Cogeco by Montreal-based Atelier Paul Laurendeau.
The site faces Saint-Quentin Island, and was formerly occupied by a paper mill, shut down in the early 2000s. In its place stands a building as impressive as its location: on one side, a wall of 6m-high, cross-laminated black timber letters, set against grey concrete, announces the name of the city, its sheer scale somewhat reminiscent of the many containerships that ply the waters of the Saint Lawrence. With recessed lighting that at night illuminates the wall, the feature contributes to the building's imposing presence.
"Because of its location on an open site along two major waterways, this is much more than an amphitheatre," says Paul Laurendeau, founder of Atelier Paul Laurendeau. "It is a new landmark that extends the city's boundary to the water."
Though the construction of Amphithéâtre Cogeco was completed almost two years ago, the project was finished in its entirety in October 2016. From the outset, the municipal authorities wanted it to be an example of how best to bring the community together around a facility that would have both a recreational and educational use.
This is an excerpt from the “Riverside Arena" article from the June 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
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