A spectacular amphitheater designed by Paul Laurendeau in Trois-Rivières expands its role while casting reflections in the water and generating a unique landmark. Monumental in scale but light, open and hospitable at the same time, the new amphitheater in Trois-Rivières, named after the telecommunication company Cogeco, occupies a strategic area in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. It faces, with its impressive tapered red roof, the St. Quentin Island, at the confluence between the St. Maurice and the St. Lawrence rivers. Large enough to accommodate 8,700 people, besides becoming the city’s new landmark with its iconic roof hovering above the horizon, it is today an incomparable venue and a major attraction for the region.
▼剧场坐落在两河交汇处，the new amphitheater is located at the confluence between the St. Maurice and the St. Lawrence rivers
策略性的场地 | The strategic site
The project by architect Paul Laurendeau accents one of the city’s most beautiful sites, previously occupied by a paper mill that had to be shut down in the early 2000s due to the industry’s collapse. In 2010 a competition was launched that would help revitalize the city’s depressed economy while at the same time supporting its cultural offerings. The objective of this project was to give the city of Trois-Rivières a new large outdoor amphitheater. In the early 2000s, the City of Trois-Rivières began work on a major re-qualification project for the site on the shores of the St. Lawrence and St. Maurice Rivers. The site’s location on what was once industrial land, adjacent to the harbour front park, the city centre, the St. Lawrence River and St. Quentin Island, called for a majestic, harmonious and vibrant construction. The municipality wanted the overall project to be an example of bringing a community together around a project with a combined recreational and cultural vocation.
▼剧场的东南立面，south-east front view of the amphitheatre
▼红色的长方形屋顶由细长的铝面钢柱支撑，the red roof defines a sharp rectangular surface, supported by slender steel aluminum colour painted columns
新剧场 | The new amphitheater
2011年，Paul Laurendeau工作室赢得了项目竞赛，并与来自三河市的Beauchesne Architecture Design共同使项目得以落成。2015年7月，建筑正式完成施工，并以太阳马戏团的盛大演出作为开幕仪式。2016年10月，景观美化和引导标识的设置也顺利完成。宽阔的临河视野、高质量的设备、对场地和公共河岸的优化、采光充足且布局清晰的室内区域，以及简洁的空间布局，全都在最终的项目中被呈现出来。
In 2011, Paul Laurendeau won the architecture competition and realized the project in a joint venture with Trois-Rivières-based Beauchesne Architecture Design. Construction of the building was completed in July 2015, the amphitheater hosting an exclusive Cirque du Soleil show for its grand opening. Landscaping and signage were finalized in October 2016. The amphitheater’s ample views of the St. Maurice and St. Lawrence rivers, the installation quality, the enhancement of the site and public river areas, the quality of the indoor areas in terms of natural lighting, the extreme clarity of its formal composition and the simplicity of its spatial organization, are all found in the built work, whose light elegance and monumentality contribute to the identity of the City of Trois-Rivières. Shows and performances here become signi cant urban and social happenings.
▼南向视角，红色和黑色使屋顶宛如漂浮在天际，south corner view of the amphitheatre, red and black make the roof appear to float
▼西向视角，灯光与色彩将建筑于夜间点亮，west corner view of the amphitheatre, lights and colours play an important part in bringing the volumes to life at night
简洁明了的设计概念 | A clear and simple idea
简单的体量组合和尽可能少的建筑元素最终展现出一种轻盈却宏大的优雅。建筑拥有一个80 x 90m的尖锐的长方形屋顶，并由8座直径为850mm、高度为26m的铝面钢柱支撑。夜晚，天花板在灯光的照射下散发出富有活力的红色。层压木材被切割成6米高的字母，共同组成“Trois-Rivières”（三河市）的名字，并沿着海岸线排布，使人想起随轮船在海面上移动的巨型集装箱。
Light elegance and monumentality are the consequence of the simple composition of few architectural elements. The roof defines a sharp 80 x 90 meter rectangular surface, supported by 8 slender 850 mm diameter steel aluminum color painted columns, each 26 meters tall. At night the ceiling is illuminated in vibrant red. The name of the city of Trois-Rivières, in 6-meter high, cross laminated timber panels cut in the shape of letters, sits along the coastline, like a giant sign reminiscent of ship containers moving along the seaway.
▼黑色的字母成为景观中的一处显著标识，the brightly lit black letters stand out like a sign in the landscape
Under the roof all main functional elements are positioned, starting from the foyer, the bar, the seats, the stage, the stage storage, the loading docks and the dressing rooms. Black steel side walls with vertical strip lighting frame the view around the stage. The recessed fly tower’s volume with alternating red vertical bands connects the lower backstage building with the metal roof surface. The glazed facade of the main entrance foyer reflects light at sunset.
▼入口大厅的玻璃立面反射出落日的余晖，the glazed facade of the main entrance foyer reflects light at sunset
▼相间分布着红色竖条的嵌入式塔台连接了低处的后台建筑以及金属的屋顶表面，the recessed fly tower’s volume with alternating red vertical bands connects the lower backstage building with the metal roof surface
Four slender aluminum color columns frame the entrance foyer, stage and service functions. An open plaza in the foreground allows crowd gatherings before the shows. An opening in a side wall leads the public to the VIP seating area and provides a discrete access to the washrooms. Rather than a typical door, the opening creates a dramatic transition between spaces. As one enters, two red side walls appear, simulating a curtain effect and signaling the corridor that leads VIP guests to the left and towards their seats.
▼由镜面玻璃围合的售票处反射出红色的侧墙，the ticket office in a mirrored glass cube reflects a red facing wall
▼门厅处的观众席入口，view inside the opening in the foyer
▼二层后台处的走廊和电梯间，view of upper backstage corridor and service elevator
▼舞台入口走廊，stage door entrance vestibule
Inside the auditorium, 3,500 fixed seats are available to the public in addition to a raked lawn with a 5,200 capacity, allowing for a combined audience of 8,700. When operating in mosh pit mode, the capacity reaches almost 9,000. The glossy red roof hovers over the crowd and protects against rain and sun. The rivers and Saint- Quentin Island in the far distance form part of the scenery. The building’s theatrical function is reflected in its architecture creating drama, surprise and contrast.
▼观众席包含3500个公共座位， inside the auditorium, 3,500 fixed seats are available to the public
▼后方的草坪还能容纳5200位观众，the raked lawn in background has a capacity of 5,200
▼首层平面图，ground level plan
▼二层平面图，plan level 2
Name of the project : Amphithéâtre Cogeco
Location: 100 Avenue des Draveurs Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
Client: City of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
Competition winner and design architect
Atelier Paul Laurendeau (www.paullaurendeau.com)
Paul Laurendeau | François Beauchesne | architectes en consortium (with: Boris Morin-Defoy, Renée-Claude Langlois, Erwan Le Diraison, Gabriel Ostiguy, Claude de Passillé, Robert Mailhot, Étienne Paradis, Maxime Gervais, Joannie Desrochers, Nathalie Lord)
CONSULTANTS Theater consultant for the architect: Guy Simard
Theater consultant for the client: Trizart Alliance
Acoustics : Octave acoustique Inc.
Lighting design: Éclairage Public
Structural engineering: Stantec (formerly Dessau) Pluritec
Electro-mechanical engineering: Stantec (formerly Dessau)
Code: Technorm Inc.
Graphic design and signage: Bureau Principal
CONTRACTORS Owner-builder: City of Trois-Rivières
Project management: Groupement Dessau Pluritec (Verreault)
SUPPLIERS / SUB-CONTRACTORS
Steel structure: ADF Group
Steel façade and so it cladding: Revêtements de La Capitale
Curtain walls: Kawneer (installed by Vitrerie Laberge)
Metal fabrications: Soudex Inc.
Roofing membrane: Soprema
Fixed and removable seats: Sièges Ducharme
Exposed concrete floors: Co rages Mégaforme
Woodwork, carpentry and stage floor: Menuiserie Légaré
Paint: Benjamin Moore Akzo Nobel – International
Rubber floors in the dressing rooms: Mondo rubber
Movable thermal stage door: Show Canada
Stage fly system: JR Clancy
Elevators: Ascenseurs Lumar
Cross laminated timber (wood letters): KLH Massivholz GmbH
Competition launch: September 21, 2010 Selection of winning architect: April 4, 2011 Schematic Design: November 2010 – July 2011 Design Development: July 2011 – March 2012 Construction documents: November 2011 – June 2015 Ground-breaking: May 2012
Completion (building): July 14 2015 Completion (site and letters): October 2016
total floor area: 12,500 square meters, including exterior auditorium and lawn roof thickness: 25 mm at edges, 6 meters at center roof surface: 80 meters by 90 meters columns dimensions: 26 meter high, 850 mm diameter
number of seats: 3,500 fixed seats + space for 5,200 people on grass lawn beyond Trois-Rivières signage: 6 meter high cross laminated timber letters construction cost: 41 million Canadian dollars
Adrien Williams (www.adrienwilliams.com)
Marc Gibert www.adecom.ca
Image MEDIA AGENCY(www.image-web.org)
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