Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2024 Recipient - Promenade Samuel-De Champlain Phase 3 | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2024 Recipient - Promenade Samuel-De Champlain Phase 3

Promenade Samuel-De Champlain Phase 3
Québec
QC
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker Architecture

Owner/ Client: Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec (CCNQ)
Project Area: 150 000m2
Exact construction contract value / building cost of the project: $135 million
Date of Occupancy: July 5, 2023 

Giving the river back to the people of Quebec was the social mission and guiding principle of Phase 3 of the Samuel-de Champlain Promenade. The transformation of the highway into an urban boulevard and the relocation of the railway allowed for the liberation of valuable square meters, conducive to the creation of a vast recreational and cultural park, fostering active mobility along a 2.5-kilometer stretch by the river. Favoring the boldness of simplicity, the architectural project as a whole embodies a sense of permanence, creating an ambiance where the user feels privileged, enhancing a coastal heritage landscape. 

Abridged Project Credits:
(see Architecture Canada publication out in Fall 2024 for more details)

Client - Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec (CCNQ)
Project Manager - Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI)
Lead designer (architecture/ urban design/ landscape) - Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker Architecture
Architecture - Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker Architecture
Partner - Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable
Engineering - AtkinsRéalis | WSP | Tetra Tech
Process engineering - François Ménard
Construction manager - Pomerleau
Contractors -
Construction BML – Station de la Côte, station de la Voile et Boulevard
Construction Deric – Station de la plage, mirror of water and the swimming area
Construction Citadelle – Pavillon de la Côte et pavillon de la Voile
Bauvais & Verret – Pavillon des Baigneurs

Jury Comment(s): 

The Promenade Samuel de Champlain - Phase 3 project continues the requalification of the riverfront on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, in front of Quebec City. Initiated fifteen years ago, the project has enabled the transformation of a heavy industrial zone bordered by traffic infrastructures. 

The jury appreciated the clarity of the architectural intentions, their sobriety, and the remarkable quality of execution of the interventions. The architecture takes full account of the river landscape and engages in dialogue with it. The jury underlines that only the collective support of a strong development vision, endorsed and supported by successive governments over time, has enabled the coherent and integrated realization of such a major urban project, which the population has rapidly embraced.

2024 Jury

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Beach sector, a swimming area

PHOTO - Maxime Brouillet

Beach sector, a mirror of water

PHOTO - Maxime Brouillet

Beach sector, structures at St. Michel Pier

PHOTO - Adrien Williams

Pavillon des Baigneurs

PHOTO - Adrien Williams

Pavillon des Baigneurs

PHOTO - Stephane Groleau

Beach sector

PHOTO - Adrien Williams

Marshland Wharf

PHOTO - Adrien Williams