NYC Garage by SRG Partnership

The NYC Garage seamlessly combines safety, efficiency, and the provision of 1,994 parking spaces for both employees and visitors, blending these practical elements with the vigor and competitive spirit associated with athleticism.

As a dynamic facility complementing the character of the campus fabric, the garage redefines how people think about parking structures.

Themes of movement and bold ideas are expressed through the garage's massing. The 840,000-square-foot structure is split into four 60-foot parking bays, with each bay expressed separately from the next and resulting in an undulating roof and end walls. The massing breaks, highlighted with bright orange metal panels, make the structure appear to be springing forward—emphasizing athletic movement and bringing the facility to a human scale. Part of the central bay is carved out to allow daylight penetration and to create a covered outdoor courtyard for sports activities, community gatherings and special events on campus. 

The NYC Garage is artfully themed around the fast pace and "gritty urban" vibe of New York City. Each of the garage's six levels is branded with super graphics, logos and colors for New York sports teams, all championship winners: the New York Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Yankees, and Mets. Integrated as a signature space that defines and differentiates the traditional parking structure, the courtyard exudes an urban feel with asphalt paving, cobblestone elements and artist-commissioned graffiti walls, while equipment for basketball, wallball, and futsal infuses the distinct energy of New York City recreation. 

The garage's choice of materials and wayfinding techniques also contribute to themes of movement and athleticism. The cladding is simple, corrugated metal panel with a custom perforation featuring Morse code for the company's trademark slogan; the code runs diagonally across each façade in four colors in four different positions on a custom aluminum extrusion.

The metal panel siding hides cars from view, and the custom perforation and undulating geometry add movement to the façade while allowing dappled light to penetrate the interior. Linear skylights provide an abundance of additional daylighting and brighten the garage. 

  • Architects: SRG Partnership
  • Area:  840,000 sq.ft.
  • Year:  2021
  • Photographs:  Jeremy Bittermann
  • City:  Beaverton, Oregon
  • Country:  United States
  • Project Credits

    Architect: SRG Partnership
    Contractor: Hoffman Construction
    Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
    Electrical Engineer & Mechanical: PAE Consulting Engineers
    Civil Engineer: WH Pacific
    Landscape Architect: PLACE Studio
    Lighting Designer: Luma
    Graphics: Ambrosini Design

    SRG Partnership Team
    Jeff Yrazabal
    Rick Zieve
    Dennis Forsyth
    Aaron Pleskac
    Phillip Lopez
    Trevor Lavoie
    Marquesa Figueroa
    Eric Wilcox

    Victorian Pride Center - The VPC is the first purpose-built centre for Australia's LGBTIQ+ communities

    In 2017, a national survey in favour of marriage equality lead to the Australian parliament passing the bill to legalize same-sex marriage, a milestone in the struggle for equality of the LGBTQI+ community. The same year, the Victorian Price Centre(VPC), a not-for-profit organisation, received funding from the Victorian Government for Australia’s first purpose built LGBTQI+ centre and subsequently held an open architectural competition for the design of the centre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. In January 2018 BAU and GAA were selected winners of the design competition.

    The Victorian Pride Centre
    Photograph © John Gollings

    The VPC houses numerous resident organisations and welcomes dozens of groups for meetings, events, and projects. The building provides a public working hub, health and welfare centres, bookshop, theatrette, archives, roof terrace, and a gallery. Planned for 2022 are a café, rooftop events pavilion and community garden.

    The Victorian Pride Centre
    Photograph © John Gollings

    Augmenting the client’s excellent brief, BAU and GAA carried out workshops with user groups and the local indigenous community.  Consequent ambitions for the architecture included the creation of a profoundly welcoming and safe place; a significant landmark of Australia’s cultural progress; and flexible workshop spaces for driving campaigns of equity, liberty and inclusivity further. Spirit of place and notions of becoming provided the conceptual frameworks for the design.

    St Kilda’s queer history unites many LGBTQI+ communities. Learning from St Kilda, the VPC includes and then abstracts cultural traditions of the exotic, the exuberant, the surreal, and the in-between. The Fitzroy Street strip, the beach, the baths, Luna Park, Catani arch, Esplanade vaults, dance halls, and other histories, all inform this process.

    The Victorian Pride Centre
    Photograph © John Gollings

    A series of conceptual tubes emerge as an abstract armature that maximise the urban envelope; provide relevant and significant architectural forms and spaces; and generates an overarching order. Most importantly, these conceptual tubes are then acted upon by extraction of the specifics of the brief; the more the internal program disrupts the tubes, the more the forms and spaces of a coexistence emerge. These emergent and surprising outcomes embrace difference, diversity, and inclusion. The resultant sense of a constant becoming, of a work in-progress, embodies the ongoing struggle toward equity, freedom and fellowship.

    The Victorian Pride Centre
    Photograph © John Gollings

    The VPC aims to see beyond conventional uses and spaces, to challenge norms and hierarchies, to create a flexible and evolving program. Circulation radiates from the atrium, which provides legibility, natural light, a performance stage, an informal amphitheatre, and a dynamic focus at the heart of the building.

    The Victorian Pride Centre
    Photograph © John Gollings

    Structural and non-structural fabric is clearly articulated, explaining what is permanent and what is easily changed. The interiors combine raw structural concrete and exposed services with warm materiality including timber, coloured ceramics and velvet curtains. These coexistences further the notion of an aestheticsof inclusion.

    Smaller tenancies in the building resemble laneway shopfronts. A sacrificial timber framework integrated within these shop fronts along with hanging rails and track lighting above walls enable tenants to adapt and experiment with the spaces, enabling the emergence of an authentic self-expression.

    The Victorian Pride Centre | Project Details

  • Architects: BAU Brearley Architects+Urbanists | Grant Amon Architects
  • Area:  6,200 sq.m.
  • Year:  2022
  • Photographs:  John Gollings
  • City:   77-81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Melbourne
  • Country:  Australia
  • Credits:
    BAU Project Team Competition: James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jens Eberhardt (Partner in Charge), Fonarri Chen, Charles Hu
    BAU Project Team Documentation: James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jens Eberhardt (Partner in Charge), Fonarri Chen, Prague Unger, Adrain Coleiro, Manny Houdek, Tammy Li
    GAA Project Team Competition: Grant Amon; Stephen Herbst; Estelle Peters; Karen McMull
    GAA Project Team Documentation: Grant Amon; Stephen Herbst; Tony Trajikoski; Yiyang Xu; Bruno Rabl; Junbo Qu; Roberta Caione; Millicent Baddeley

    Local Council: City of Port Phillip
    Town Planner: SJB Planning
    Project Management: Case Meallin / Bates & Co
    Quantity Surveyor: Slattery
    Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Hydraulic Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Facade Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Fire Services, Fire Engineer: WSP
    Acoustic Engineer: Resonate
    ESD Consultant: Hip v. Hype
    Building Surveyor: Checkpoint Building Surveyors
    Landscape Architect: BAU Brearley Architects+Urbanists, Thompson Berril Landscape Design
    Contractor: Hansen Yuncken
    Lighting Consultant: Schuler Shook
    Structural Concept Engineer: Peter Felicetti
    Suppliers: Shape Shell - atrium pre-cast shell, Auscast Constructions - pre-cast  concrete facades, Fade Australia - acoustic plaster.

    Messepavillon by Max Dudler in Cologne

    Max Dudler’s new building – which takes the form of a delicate, luminous pavilion with a powerful presence, even from afar – sits on the Messebalkon (trade fair balcony) of MesseCity in Cologne. With its rational geometry and graceful construction, the Messepavillon/Trade Fair Pavilion (client: MesseCity Cologne Generalübernehmer (ECE I STRABAG)) gives rise to a transparent locale with high amenity value and views of Cologne Cathedral. Used for gastronomy, it serves as a central magnet and upbeat to the new quarter, situated between the ICE and S-Bahn station Köln Messe Deutz and the southern entrance to the Cologne Trade Fair Grounds.

    Messepavillon by Max Dudler in Cologne
    Photograph © Stefan Müller

    A spacious open staircase guides arrivals from the Köln-Deutz Train Station upward onto the Messebalkon (trade fair balcony), an urban square and the public heart of the business district MesseCity Cologne, currently under development. Already at the foot of the stairs, the Messepavillon/Trade Fair Pavilion – which is embedded into the steps – welcomes the many thousands of visitors on trade fair days. With two entrances lying along the north- south axis, the building mediates between the district’s divergent levels. Developed on the basis of a rational basic idea, the building has no rear: all axes and structural parts are interrelated. Gracile and transparent, the pavilion displays its construction openly, at the same time exuding a certain grandeur.

    Messepavillon by Max Dudler in Cologne
    Photograph © Stefan Müller

    Architecturally, the building represents a counterpoint to the surrounding development, with its massive stone facades. Based on a radical transformation of the antique temple, Max Dudler has devised a minimalist, bronze pavilion with clear, geometric lines. With gastronomic use occupying 355m² main usable area (407m² gross floor area), it becomes a main focus for the district.

    The outdoor terraces of the pavilion, located on divergent urban elevations, give shape to a new urban environment. The design planning for the facade of the pavilion emerged victorious from a competition that took place in 2015. In the same competition, the office was also selected for the facade design of the high-rise OST 1 I CENTRAAL, located directly east of the Messebalkon. In the future, the tower block – with its high-relief, natural stone façade – and the delicate pavilion will complement one another to form an upbeat, visible from afar, to the new MesseCity district in Cologne.

    Messepavillon by Max Dudler in Cologne
    Photograph © Stefan Müller

    The a main entrance that opens up the entire breadth of the building, the Messepavillon is oriented toward Deutz Station. Sheltered by the projecting roof is an anteroom that extends into the interior as a double-height airspace. In the evening, the Messepavillon glows like an urban lantern while offering guests views of Cologne Cathedral from both levels. The appeal of this architecture – which evolved from the technical demands involved – is a function of its detailed planning. The pavilion’s special lightness and transparency results from the suspension of a metal and glass facade in front of a reinforced concrete construction. Outwardly, the chosen T-profiles endow the post-and-beam construction with a decidedly filigree appearance.

    Messepavillon by Max Dudler in Cologne
    Photograph © Stefan Müller

    The rational arrangement of the architecture, with its uniform bays, extends as well across the underside of the ceiling and the roof, which hence serves as a fifth facade. The metal-and-glass facade rests on an exposed concrete base whose material and coloration allow it to merge with the surrounding outdoor area, integrating the structure almost seamlessly into its setting. All visible metal elements were given a high-quality bronze-toned coating that reinforces the building’s elegance and dignity.

    The adjacent high-rise, featuring a facade also designed by Max Dudler, had its roofing ceremony in December of 2021, and completion is expected in 2024.

    Messepavillon | Project Details

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Area:  207 sq.m.
  • Year:  2020
  • Photographs:  Stefan Müller
  • City:  Cologne
  • Country:  Germany
  • Credits:
    Project Management: Thomas Spranger
    Team: Moritz Schröder, Filip Steins, My Le, Alexander Kunst
    Construction management: Züblin
    Structural Engineering: Züblin
    Façade Construction: TRUBE & KINGS Fassadentechnik GmbH
    Housing Technology: ZWP Ingenieur-AG
    Building physics & acoustics: ISRW Klapdor GmbH
    Fire safety concept: HHP West

    Multifunctional Gym & Ceramic Expert Workshop by studio

    The project is the repurposing of two buildings, a one-story pitched roof warehouse in disrepair, and an abandoned two-story flat roof storehouse. It's located in Huangnishan community, a residential quarter for pyrite workers which was built in 1959 and now accommodates more than 500 households and 1,000 people.

    North Elevation
    North Elevation | Photograph © SCHRAIN


    In 2019, Huangnishan was chosen as the site for piloting a rural revitalization initiative centering on constructing a "Rural future community". During the first phase of implementing the initiative, many facilities such as entrepreneurship commune, shared library, smart sports field and shared canteen were inserted into the community, which has gain popularity among local residents. Those facilities have given a new life to old idle buildings, and have stimulated the vitality of the community. In particular, the shared canteen and the smart sports field have brought a lot of convenience to local residents.

    Elevations Before Transformation
    Elevations before the transformation | Photograph © Studio

    Despite the context of rural depopulation, it is impressive to see people coming and going in Huangnishan community after implementing the rural revitalization initiative, which reproduce a vibrant scene just like before.

    The second phase of the "Rural future community" initiative inherits the concept of phase one. It's intended to improve and supplement what was lacking before, and to activate unused spaces. This project is a part of the second phase of the initiative. After fieldwork and discussion, we decided to convert the two warehouse buildings into a multi-functional gym and a ceramic expert workshop, to bring in new operations and enhance availability for the public. 

    Fusion of the old and new

    Carrying past memories while meeting the demands of modern and future living was a major requirement emphasized by the client at the preliminary design stage.

    Based on the site's conditions, we reorganized the functions of the two buildings. The two-story flat roof building is transformed into a ceramic expert workshop, and its old staircase is removed to re-establish the vertical traffic which is combined with a newly built lobby. The one-story pitched roof building is converted into a multi-functional gym. Considering its limited height, we dismantled the wooden roof and raised the height of walls to build a new roof. Meanwhile, new functions such as bathroom and shower room are also inserted into the building.

    Site Location
    Site Location | Image © Studio

    In terms of material selection, we adopted the design strategy of "continuity". We utilized red brick to set the main tone while combining it with mottled weathering steel, to blend new textures into the old buildings in a harmonious way. We also adopted some modern materials such as glass bricks and glass windows to harmonize the dullness and monotony of the buildings.In addition, we superimposed new elements on the old existing components to ensure integrity and harmony between the two buildings.

    East Entrance
    East Entrance | Photograph © SCHRAIN

    Different patterns of stacked bricks create a dialogue between the front building and the back building in terms of material textures, and the various forms of weathering steel window frames meet the demands for outdoor air conditioner unit installation while unifying the design languages, thus integrating the buildings into a whole. The outdoor activity platform and corridor enrich the usability of the space, allowing users to move to the outdoor space after sports and work and enhancing the connection between the buildings.

    Simple aesthetics in daily use

    It's often the case that the spatial status of a project is quite different when it is just completed and after it's delivered to operator or users, which is due to distinct aesthetic taste and usage habits. Therefore, in design practices, we often think about how to maintain the aesthetics of a space in its daily use in a natural manner rather than deliberately or inflexibly. At the preliminary design stage, we set the framework and principles, and try not to adopt too many fixed or deliberate designs or materials, in order to ensure the flexibility, diversity and possibilities of the space, hence leaving more possibilities for users.

    East Entrance
    East Entrance | Photograph © SCHRAIN
    Interior of the Multifunctional Gym
    Interior of the Multifunctional Gym | Photograph © SCHRAIN
    First Floor interior space of ceramic expert workshop
    First Floor interior space of ceramic expert workshop | Photograph © SCHRAIN

    Many public projects are left unused and abandoned after renovation, causing a huge waste of social resources. At the beginning of this project, we attached great importance to the use of space and the insertion of operations. After it was completed, we see that the multi-functional gymnasium is fully utilized by the surrounding residents — young people playing basketball and badminton here and senior residents dancing. More fortunately, the users of the space not only meet the expectation of the initial plan, but also show good artistic attainment and aesthetic taste. Even appearing messy in special use, the space can still reveal a true aesthetic that integrates into daily life. While maintaining the aesthetics of the space, this project gives the old buildings a new life.

    Multifunctional Gym & Ceramic Expert Workshop | Project Details

  • Architects: studio
  • Area:  1,080 sq.m.
  • Year:  2021
  • Photographs:  SCHRAIN | Yan Yang
  • City:  Xikou Town
  • Country:  China
  • Credits:
    Commissioner: People’s Government of Xikou Town, Longyou County
    Chief architect: Yan Yang
    Designer: Wu Kejia
    Architectural design collaborator: Shanghai Times Architecture Design Co., Ltd.
    Interior design development: ZONE DESIGN
    Construction drawings: Hangzhou Zhongya Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
    Design & construction management: Zhu Zhen, Gao Chengkai, Jia Yidong

    A New Zoo Experience in Silicon Valley by CAW Architects

    CAW Architects is pleased to announce the completion of its latest civic project, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (JMZ). Located within the Palo Alto Arts and Recreation District, the JMZ has been a beloved city institution since 1940, offering children hands-on opportunities to learn about science, the environment, and the natural world through a modest children’s museum, classroom space, and small outdoor zoo.

    The entrance to the interactive Museum and learning spaces with a view of the Zoo to the left
    The entrance to the interactive Museum and learning spaces with a view of the Zoo to the left | Photograph © Marco Zecchin Photography

    With JMZ’s rich and diverse educational programs outgrowing the modest facility, CAW Architects designed a new children’s museum and zoo in conjunction with zoo designer, Studio Hansen Roberts, that fundamentally rethinks how to capture a child’s wonder and curiosity for the natural world, while creating rich and interactive learning experiences throughout.

    We designed an inspiring and interactive space, where architecture and experiences can spark a child’s curiosity and wonder, to explore science and nature in a fun and play-based environment,” says Brent McClure, AIA, Principal-in-Charge.

    Large swings invite curiosity and play at the entrance to the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (JMZ)
    Large swings invite curiosity and play at the entrance to the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (JMZ) | Photograph © Marco Zecchin Photography

    McClure led the team’s expansive scope - which included a site masterplan comprised of the museum, zoo, and education center - to integrate it into the overall city complex; architectural design and interior design of the museum, education wing, and administrative support spaces; and site design, including exhibit spaces around the museum exterior, zoo exhibit spaces, and zoo support spaces.

    Organized around an exhibit hall, education center, and outdoor zoo, the new design creates a strong and visible presence through a large entrance porch and a variety of free outdoor exhibit spaces that extend into the adjacent surroundings; including the stump maze, rainbow tunnel, and porch swings, all of which reinforce a child’s viewpoint upon entering the museum.

    The education wing was designed to fit in and around the existing mature Oaks
    The education wing was designed to fit in and around the existing mature Oaks | Photograph © Marco Zecchin Photography

    The building forms fit a residential and agrarian vernacular with simple clean forms and shed roofs, echoing the surrounding neighborhood and inserting a modern interpretation on the historic adjacent structures of the Lucie Stern Theater, designed by Birge Clark. The building shapes fit in and around existing mature oaks and feature trees, where the buildings create theme-based outdoor courtyard spaces, such as the Jurassic courtyard, for specific educational opportunities.

    Inside the Treehouse
    Inside the Treehouse | Photograph © Artem Nazarov Photography

    From the outdoor courtyards and main entrance, the exhibit hall contains a variety of interactive and kinesthetic exhibits in which children can interact. Several large windows and skylights directly link the zoo with the exhibit hall, with some exhibits extending from the zoo directly into the museum. The museum crawl logs allow children to crawl from the museum directly into the center of the meerkat zoo exhibit, creating an immersive experience where they can interact with the animals.

    The Treehouse anchors the Zoo and creates a structure for kids to explore freely
    The Treehouse anchors the Zoo and creates a structure for kids to explore freely | Photograph © Marco Zecchin Photography

    Envisioned as “Loose in the Zoo,” the entire zoo is designed as a large aviary, allowing a wide range of birds to directly interact with the children. The exhibits within the zoo are layered vertically to give kids an opportunity to view the natural environment from different vantage points. The design allows children to experience the natural environment of spaces below, such as tree roots and water ponds, while also creating spaces above for children to explore in the central tree, while glancing down on the various zoo experiences. By providing different vantage points, children gain access to a richer and more diverse experience of the natural environment. Connecting the zoo spaces, the treehouse runs through the center of the zoo with rope bridges, ladders, net tubes, and platforms in order to create a vibrant and exciting play-based experience for children.

    Combining the different functions of the zoo, museum, and education center is what ultimately forms the unique experience that is the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.

    Project Details

  • Architects: CAW Architects
  • Area:  Building: 15,200 sq.ft. | Zoo, including back-of-house spaces: 18,800 sq.ft.
  • Year:  2022
  • Photographs:  Marco Zecchin Photography
  • City:  Palo Alto, California
  • Country:  The United States
  • Laufskálavarða Service House by STASS Architects

    This tiny house is situated in a black sand desert in Iceland, half way between the two glaciers Mýrdalsjökul and Vatnajökull. This simple service house serves travellers, with lavatories, a washing machine, a dryer and a bike stand for repairs.

    Laufskálavarða Service House by STASS Architects
    Photograph © Studio CAPN

    These are standard facilities in such a building but what makes this unit different from other similar service units, is that this otherwise straight forward program is intertwined with another unrelated program.

    Laufskálavarða Service House by STASS Architects
    Photograph © Studio CAPN
    Laufskálavarða Service House by STASS Architects
    Photograph © Studio CAPN

    A view point is situated on the roof of the building, giving travellers a unique opportunity to tower over the ground giving a different perspective to the stunning 360°surrounding views.

    This program overlapping makes this a unique project in its own right.

    Laufskálavarða Service House by STASS Architects | Project Details

  • Architects: STASS Architects
  • Area:  26 sq.m.
  • Year:  2020-2021
  • Photographs:  Studio CAPN
  • City:  Reykjavik
  • Country:  Iceland
  • Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec, Canada

    More than 800,000 people visit the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency each year to enjoy the remarkable 83m high waterfall and the scenic surroundings. 

    Intervening in such an emblematic, vast, and imposing site requires respect and humility so that the visitor’s experience is entirely dedicated to contemplation and experience of the falls. The new installations realized as part of the Experience Chute project showcase the natural beauty of the Parc by drawing on its existing character.

    Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec, Canada

    The genius loci

    The project approach aims to create an intervention that responds to the program defined by Sépaq, while responding harmoniously and meaningfully with the site. The multi-phase analysis of the historical evolution of the Parc fed the design process. The project seeks to assert its own personality in harmony with the genius loci of the site from the scale of the overall design language down to the specific resolution of the detailed components.

    The overall vision is rooted in the historical richness of the place, while differentiating with the top of the cliff. The upper plateau of the waterfall is still associated with one of the great English estates that overlooked the St. Lawrence in the 19th century through the presence of the Manoir Montmorency. The historical evolution of the foot of the falls is representative of the layers of urbanization specific to the banks of Quebec City. From a natural site where the St. Lawrence River came to touch the foot of the cliff, named at the time the Bas-du-Sault, it was gradually modified by human interventions to develop its military, energy, and industrial potential, as well as by the passage of the railroad and a highway on large embankments.

    The vestiges of this rich heritage are found at the foot of the falls and make up the material and immaterial memory from which the new developments find evocative meaning.

    Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec, Canada
    Photograph © Maxime Brouillet

    Sensitive architectural gestures magnifying the landscape

    The overall project is divided into two sub-sectors:

    The Visitor Reception Area, south of the Chemin de fer Charlevoix aims to redefine the entrance route, reconfigure, and introduce landscape into the parking area, develop thematic gardens, interpret and highlight industrial remains and build a new service pavilion.

    The Experience Chute Area, north of the railroad tracks, which consolidates a universally accessible circuit, allows visitors to approach the waterfall and complete a 4-segment tour around the river basin:

    The master plan sets out design guidelines for the site and represents Sépaq’s new roadmap for realizing its vision. A vision that reflects current and collective values with a contemporary resolution, intertwining architecture, landscape, programming and interpretation.

    Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec, Canada
    Photograph © Maxime Brouillet

    Welcome Pavilion

    The Welcome Pavilion defines the western segment of the path around the Montmorency Basin and marks the entry point to the Experience Chute. The new pavilion is located on a gentle slope towards the basin and is designed to respect the sensitive environment of the river shoreline and its flora. 

    Built on the site of an abandoned electrical substation, the pavilion serves as a landmark and focal point for visitors. Expressing a third dimension in the landscape, its minimalist steel structure - devoid of vertical bracing through the skillful integration of rigid frames - features a canopy cantilevering towards the water, emphasizing the horizontality of the construction and framing views of the landscape. The assembly details of this structure have been finely studied to conceal both the structural and drainage requirements of the roof. The waterproofing of the roof is contained within the thickness of the structure and is clad in whitewashed wood siding; a texture referencing the Manor’s cladding that characterizes the historic estate of the upper plateau of the Falls. The roof is a single, continuous plane; the pergola of the cantilever allows for a play of light and shadow on the ground that changes with the hours and seasons. 

    Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec, Canada
    Photograph © Maxime Brouillet

    The wooden boardwalks of the Nature Path are adjacent to the pavilion; they hover on stilts, minimizing their impact on the environment. The lamination and tectonics of the boardwalks is inspired both by the iconography of log piles that accumulated at the base of the falls during the log drives, but also by the stacks that characterized the sawmill landscape of the last century. The forest, surrounding the pavilion and its paths, is enhanced by the planting of native trees and shrubs. The welcome pavilion acts as a place for pause, allowing visitors to take a break in the shade, while offering a privileged perspective on the Falls.

    Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec, Canada
    Photograph © Maxime Brouillet

    Contemplative Footbridge

    The Contemplative Footbridge is a part of the Experience Chute that, like the project as a whole, is intended to resonate with the genius loci of the site. The widening and enhancement of the existing bridge that ran parallel to the railway bridge over the river is in response to a programmatic challenge. During the summer season, many groups of tourists visit the site and have only a few moments to appreciate the magnitude and spectacle of this natural wonder; the original 2m wide pedestrian bridge offered a privileged view of the waterfall and was used as an observation point by many visitors, creating a bottleneck to pedestrian traffic crossing the river. The widening of the bridge to 5.5m, and creation of terracing levels offers both a walkway space above and a belvedere space below, allowing visitors to stop, sit and contemplate the waterfall while other flow through.

    Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, Quebec, Canada
    Photograph © Maxime Brouillet

    The form and the architectural treatment of the new footbridge are directly inspired by the spirit of the place in addition to skillfully responding to numerous structural constraints. The form seeks to create a dialogue between nature and architecture; the horizontality emphasizes and magnifies the verticality of the waterfall and the cliffs. The footbridge seeks to evoke, for the visitor, the dominant characteristics of the iconography of the site – the industrial landscape of the 19th century sawmills. It evokes its character and memory in a sober and contemporary fashion. The wood siding and the geometric laminations are inspired by the wood piles and the log drive that characterized the past landscape. The nearly immaterial plane of the ultra-clear glass guardrails concealed shoe give all its meaning to the notion of contemplation.

    Experience Chute - Parc de la Chute-Montmorency | Project Details

  • Architects: Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker
  • Area:  N/A
  • Year:  Phase 1 : Completed in 2021
  • Photographs:  Maxime Brouillet
  • City:  Quebec City
  • Country:  Canada