Saul – Bellow Library by Chevalier Morales Architectes

The transparent white neighborhood library imagines the future

Project Specs


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自2011年的建筑竞赛之后,建筑事务所Chevalier Morales Architectes接到客户的委托,对建于1974年的老拉钦(Lachine)市图书馆进行扩建和重新设计。这座老旧的社区图书馆已经不再能够满足使用者和员工的需求,因此,建筑师Stephan Chevalier和建筑师Sergio Morales将其重新设计成了一座21世纪的现代图书馆,不仅引人注目,还有着明亮的室内空间,鼓励人与人之间的交流和互动。该项目致力于获得LEED认证,并成为可持续性建筑的一个优秀范本。

Following an architectural competition in 2011, the firm Chevalier Morales Architectes received the mandate to expand, redesign and bring to compliance the old Lachine borough library, dating back to 1974. This neighbourhood library not meeting user and employee needs anymore, the architects Stephan Chevalier and Sergio Morales made this location a 21stcentury library: attractive, luminous and stimulating conversation. The project aimed for a LEED certification as well as to be an example of sustainable development principles.

▼图书馆外观,exterior view


畅想未来 | Imagining The Future

建筑事务所Chevalier Morales Architectes首先想象了20年后,在城市规划中所提到的建筑和人口密度、绿化和交通环境得以改善的前提下,图书馆及其社区可能会变成什么样子。设计团队对图书馆及其停车场、以及周边的帕森特公园(Patterson Park)的未来面貌进行了一番畅想。在此基础上,建筑师们希望能够通过提出一系列在2031年具有可行性的改善措施,为城市环境的发展和进步做出一些贡献。

Chevalier Morales Architectes imagined what the library and its neighbourhood could become, in 20 years, if the densification, greening and transportation improvement principles mentioned in the urban plan were achieved and implemented. What would happen to the library, its parking lot and Patterson Park? The firm tried to contribute to the enrichment of these principles by proposing possible solutions for the year 2031.

▼图书馆外观局部,不规则的白色体量搭配着下层通透的玻璃体量,partial exterior view of the library consisting of the white irregular volume and the transparent glass volume


Imagining possible futures allowed to propose solutions and to place certain program functions that, in the long term, would reduce costs and environmental impacts while avoiding a decrease in the library’s spaces quality. For example, light inlets were strategically positioned to take into account a foreseen potential expansion. A development integrating a long term vision brings added thoroughness and relevance to the proposed design. The design approach seeks to be global and evolutionary; it proposes paths to address real societal issues instead of lingering on immediate issues. The 21st century library is imagined as a pivot for a dense and dynamic area were many mixed daily activities occur.

▼图书馆外观局部,partial exterior view of the library

▼图书馆外观局部,图书馆拥有明亮通透的室内空间,partial exterior view of the library with the bright and transparent interior space


创意商店、入口与咖啡厅 | Ideas Store, Entrance and Café


It was also imagined that, as an idea store, the library would benefit from neighbouring commercial space traffic by positioning itself in the residents’ daily route. The positioning of entrances to the library, with one close to the café, supports the integration of the library in the residents’ daily wandering. This café was designed to make the user’s experience complete. It is now possible to eat and drink in all areas of the library. The café’s patio extends onto the intersection. Imagining the 21st century library as a pivot for a dense and dynamic sector with many daily mixed activities appeared as highly beneficial for this current project as well as being economically viable in a long term urban planning vision.

▼图书馆室内阅览区,玻璃立面将室内外环境联系起来,interior books and reading area, the glass facade integrates the interior and exterior spaces

▼图书馆室内,全部采用白色色调,拥有双层通高空间,the interior view in the white tone with the double-height space

▼室内咖啡厅,the interior café


从交易柜台转变为租借柜台 | From trading counter to loan counter


Although its purpose has quickly evolved in recent years with the arrival of new technologies and the evolution of librarian’s traditional roles, the loan counter, greatly reduced in size, remains a focal point of the library as a privileged interaction location. The loan counter being positioned on the main level, in the heart of the building to allow it to be visible from all areas, makes it possible to see the entire interior space as well. At the bottom of the gentle gradient ramp, in front of the café, close to vertical circulations and to the youth library entrance, the loan counter becomes the ensemble’s organizational pivot. It consists of multifunctional and adapted sectors that exude an impression of accessibility and openness.

▼图书馆室内空间,阶梯状的休息兼学习空间,interior view, the stair-like rest and study space

▼图书馆室内空间,通过玻璃限定出封闭空间,interior view, defining the enclosed space through the glass

▼室内楼梯及借书柜台,interior stairs and the loan counter

▼室内楼梯细节,details of the interior stairs

Official project name : Bibliothèque Saul-Bellow (Saul-Bellow Library)
Location : Montréal, Québec
Client name : Ville de Montréal (City of Montreal)
Architects: Chevalier Morales Architectes
Project managers : S. Chevalier / S. Morales
Design team : S. Chevalier / S. Morales / J. Rondeau / P. Littée / C. Giguère / A. Massé / S. Barrette
Engineers : Dessau, Martin Roy & associés
Landscape architects : Civiliti
Contrators : Gamarco
Photography : Chevalier Morales Architectes
Project surface area : 2650 m2
Cost of work : $13 M
Project end date : Fall 2015

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