Quebec_2009 Architecture : Finalists for Awards of Excellence
Quebec_2009 Architecture
Finalists for Awards of Excellence
Volume2, February 9, 2009
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/spa_saucier+Perrotte_Marc Cramer
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/spa_saucier+Perrotte_Marc Cramer


The Ordre des architectes du Québec announces the 43 finalists for the 2009 Awards of Excellence in Architecture: architecture that bears witness to eco-responsible acts and a community of architects who put their hearts into action. Thirty years after the first Awards of Excellence in Architecture were handed out, the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) unveils this year’s 40 projects, and three candidates for the Architects in Action Award, each astutely chosen from among the 114 entries received. The juries—made up of experts and representatives from the public and government agencies under the direction of Grand Jury president French-born German architect, author and journalist Dominique Gauzin-Müller (Stuttgart)—have qualified the architecture of the moment as transitory. This is architecture that bears witness to more and more eco-responsible actions (economically and ecologically), that focuses on architectural considerations that produce happiness, that has the ability to shape the perception of time and that has an increasing desire to provide visual and sensorial experiences.

Ordre des Architectes du Québec/NDA_MaisonenU_Natalie Dionne_Marc Cramer
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/NDA_MaisonenU_Natalie Dionne_Marc Cramer


The public can now view these multi-faceted works on the Awards of Excellence in Architecture website (www.pea-oaq.com) and vote for their favourite project by entering the Loto-Québec People’s Choice Award Contest. The OAQ also offers a rich program of public and cultural activities for both lovers of architecture and newcomers to this world. This is an opportunity to discover noteworthy buildings and become familiar with their architects, collaborators and owners and, in passing, to experience the synergy that exists between all the players in this vibrant architecture. The public is invited to learn more by boarding the Spotlight on Architecture guided bus tours (February 28 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture), attending the Architectural Marathons, a series of short presentations by designer-architects on their projects (March 28, Musée de la Civilisation, Quebec), visiting the travelling exhibition Architecture of the Moment, which will be presented at the Musée de la civilisation as well as in several cities and regions throughout the province starting March 16 and, finally, by obtaining (free of charge) the Architectures of the Moment booklet that accompanies the exhibition. This booklet will also be available at the offices of the Ordre des architectes du Québec (1825 René-Lévesque Blvd West, Montréal) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture bookstore (1920 Baile St., Montréal). Winners will be announced in Montréal (June 18) as part of the 2009 Québec Architects’ Forum and Festival of Architecture hosted by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Pavillon 400_Hangaru+CLC
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Pavillon 400_Hangaru+CLC


From private residences to industrial buildings, from urban design to ephemeral installations, the architecture of the moment—so named within the context of this important event that showcases the best of Québec architecture and generously represents it in all its spheres—comes as a new arrival, full of freshness and flavour. And this year’s new additions to the program, in particular the Art & Architecture Integration Award, the Perennial Award and the Architects in Action Award, add substance and diversity to the juries’ deliberations. The new awards clearly underscore achievements in their respective areas: support for art in architecture both new and old; the emblematic, historical and sustainable character of the buildings in our cities and society; and, finally, recognition of architects who put their heart into action for the good of the community.

Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Ciels Inversés_Saucier+Perrotte
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Ciels Inversés_Saucier+Perrotte


The four finalists in the Single-Family — Residential category are: Grande Galerie by Pierre Thibault; House in U by Nathalie Dionne; Bernier-Thibault House by Paul Bernier; and NB20°5 by Yiacouvakis Hamelin, architects, yh2.

Two of the above—Paul Bernier’s Bernier-Thibault House and Yiacouvakis Hamelin, architects, yh2’s NB20°5— have also been nominated for the Marcel-Parizeau Award (presented to a project with a total cost of less than $150,000).

The two finalists in the Multi-unit — Residential category are: Fleurie Building by Côté Chabot Morel, architects and Gamache Martin, architects; and the SAX residential project, Nun’s Island by Dan Hanganu, architects.

The four finalists in the Interior Design category are: Air lines (lignes aériennes) by Architects Duchesneau & McComber; the Offices of Saucier + Perrotte, architects by Saucier + Perrotte, architects; The Belvedere—Old Port of Montréal, Daoust Lestage Inc., urban design architecture; and Hôtel Pur, Bisson and associates, architects.

The four finalists in the Sustainable Architecture category are: Sobeys Distribution Centre, Trois-Rivières (industrial building) by the consortium of Gross Kaplin Coviensky, architects and Blouin Tardif, architects; Stageline Group (industrial building) by the consortium of Luc M. Allard, architect and Claude Hamelin Lalonde, architect; Espace 400e Pavilion (cultural building) by the consortium of Dan Hanganu, architects and Côté Leahy Cardas, architects; and Bibliothèque de Charlesbourg (cultural building) by Croft Pelletier, architects.


Ordre des Architectes du Québec/spa_saucier+Perrotte.
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/spa_saucier+Perrotte.


The two finalists in the Recycled or Converted Buildings category are: the Espace 400e Pavilion (cultural building) by the consortium of Dan Hanganu, architects and Côté Leahy Cardas, architects; and 780 Brewster by Services intégrés Lemay and associates Inc.

The two finalists in the Conservation and Restoration Architecture category are: Bank of Montreal—Head Office, Place d’Armes (restoration of the masonry) by DFS Inc., Architecture & Design; the Library of Parliament in Ottawa (conservation, restoration, rehabilitation and modernization) by the consortium of Ogilvie and Hogg, Desnoyers Mercure & Associates, Spencer R. Higgins and Lundholm Associates.

The three finalists in the Cultural category are: Bibliothèque de Charlesbourg by Croft Pelletier, architects; Salle de spectacles Dolbeau-Mistassini by the consortium of Paul Laurendeau, architect and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, architects; and Palais Montcalm, Maison de la musique, Salle Raoul-Jobin by the consortium of M.:U. S. E.: l’Architecte Jacques Plante, Bernard & Cloutier, architects, and St-Gelais Montminy, architects.


Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Pavillon 400_Hangaru+CLC
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Pavillon 400_Hangaru+CLC


The four architect and artist finalists in the Art & Architecture Integration category are: Convergence, a work by artist James (Bill) Vincent in the Bibliothèque de Charlesbourg (Croft Pelletier, architects); Cantate and Le fil rouge, respectively, by artists Rose-Marie E. Goulet and Florent Cousineau, in the Palais Montcalm, Maison de la musique and Salle Raoul-Jobin (the consortium M.:U. S. E.: l’Architecte Jacques Plante, Bernard & Cloutier, architects, and St-Gelais Montminy, architects); Jardin de guérison, a work by artist Barbara Todd in the emergency room of Sacré-Coeur de Montréal hospital (the consortium of Birtz Bastien architects, Yelle Maillé, architects, and Ouellet, architects); and Les ciels inversés, a work by artist Marie-Josée Coulombe in the Centre des arts de la scène Jean-Besré (Saucier + Perrotte, Architects).

Ordre des Architectes du Québec/BBBL_HSCM_MC
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/BBBL_HSCM_MC


The six finalists in the Institutional Buildings category are: Quai des Cajeux—Promenade Samuel-De Champlain by Daoust Lestage Inc., urban design architecture; Pierrefonds-Roxboro Community Centre by architects FABG; the Life Sciences Complex, Francesco Bellini Pavilion and Cancer Research Pavilion by the consortium of Diamond+Schmitt Architects Inc., Provencher Roy+Associates, architects; Collège de l’Assomption Sports Complex by architects FABG; École primaire de la Grande-Hermine by the consortium of ABCP, architecture and urbanism, and Bisson associates, architects; and CPE Coeurs de l’île by Pierre Morency, architect.

Ordre des Architectes du Québec/AHLA_Groupe Strageline_AHLA
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/AHLA_Groupe Strageline_AHLA


The two finalists in the Universal Accessibility category are: De la Concorde metro station by Martin + Marcotte, architects, members of MGBF and SGTM group; and Résidence de la cité by Pierre Richard, architect.

The four finalists in the Commercial Buildings category are: Carrefour Desjardins—Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec by Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux, architects; La Source Bains Nordiques by Blouin Tardif, architects; Michel Brisson Boutique (Old Montréal) by Saucier + Perrotte, architects; and Quattro D, human nature, by Plasse-Rasselet, architects.


Ordre des Architectes du Québec/bdp_ogilvie + Hogg + Plus
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/bdp_ogilvie + Hogg + Plus


The two finalists in the Industrial Buildings category are: St-Germain Égouts et Aqueducs by Allaire Courchesne Dupuis, architects; Stageline Group, by the consortium of Luc M. Allard, architect and Claude Hamelin Lalonde, architect.

The three finalists in the Urban Design category are: Dufferin exit ramp lighting by URBAN SOLAND; Promenade Samuel-De Champlain by the consortium of Daoust Lestage Inc., Williams Asselin Ackaoui, and Option aménagement; St. Laurent Boulevard Renewal by Schème (Atelier VAP), Louis-Paul Lemieux, architect.

The two finalists in the Events Architecture category are: 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas (exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture) by Saucier + Perrotte, architects; and Territoires habités by Atelier Pierre Thibault.


Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Biblithèque de Charlebourg_Croft Pelletier
Ordre des Architectes du Québec/Biblithèque de Charlebourg_Croft Pelletier


The finalist for the Perennial Award for public buildings of 25 years or more is: 1981 McGill, Tour de la Banque Nationale de Paris by René Menkès of Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux, Architects (originally in 1982: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden, architects)

The three architect finalists for the Architects in Action Award are: Bernard McNamara, president and founding member of Emergency Architects Canada, Denis Lemieux, sustainable development adviser, main author of the publication Imaginer, réaliser la ville du 21e siècle—Cahiers des bonnes pratiques en design and Gary Michael Conrath, the mover and designer behind Norman Slater NOW AND BEYOND.