The Mont-Tremblant National Park Discovery Centre is found in the province of Québec and was made by Montreal firm Smith Vigeant Architects for an organisation named Sépaq that manages the region’;s parks and the tourism amenities.
“Provided its pristine spot in the heart of nature, the use of wood as the primary materials facilitated the harmonious insertion of the creating into the unspoiled setting,” stated the architects in a statement.
“To obtain this, a broad assortment of wood species were utilised on each the exterior and interior, reinterpreting the site’;s richness in textures and colours, even though offering the building sturdiness and resistance.”
A concrete ramp ascends from either side of the discovery centre to the timber deck that separates the primary developing from an auditorium filled with wooden benches embedded in a sloping bank of earth.
Gauzy screens decrease the quantity of organic light that enters the auditorium, enabling visitors to view presentations projected onto a screen at the back of the stage whilst even now allowing a sight of the forest and the lake past.
Within the main developing, the use of wood continues across the furnishings, walls and ceilings. These ceiling surfaces also lengthen past the facade, forming a canopy that gives some shelter around the building’;s perimeter.
The reception incorporates a central fireplace and leather sofas to inspire guests to devote more time in the creating.
A skylight and the place of the glazed curtain wall guarantee that sunlight is in a position to warm the main spaces for the duration of winter, whilst awesome air is drawn in from the lake for the duration of summertime through openings at the base of a single of the walls and allowed to circulate ahead of getting discharged via the skylight.
Photography is by Stéphane Brugger.
Architects/designers: Smith Vigeant architectes
Architect in charge: Daniel Smith
Style Crew: Daniel Smith, Anik Malderis, Julien Gouin-Charbonneau, Karine Renaud, Cindy Neveu, Stéphan Vigeant
Engineers: CLA Authorities-Conseils, Martin Roy et Associés
Landscape architects: VLAN
Contractor: CRT Construction Inc.
Lighting layout: Smith Vigeant architects, Martin Roy et Associés, EDP inc
Floor plan – click for larger picture
Section one – click for more substantial picture
Section 2 – click for bigger picture