Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2016 Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2016 Recipient

Amphithéâtre Cogeco
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Paul Laurendeau |
François R. Beauchesne |
Architects in consortium

Lead design architect(s): 

Paul Laurendeau

The winner of an open anonymous architectural competition, the Amphithéâtre de Trois-Rivières is a new major cultural facility located at the fork of the St. Maurice and St. Lawrence rivers.

The architectural concept is symbolized by a thin, symmetrical 80-by-90-metre horizontal roof. The covered outdoor seating area features a perforated red metal soffit ceiling that suggests its theatrical function, showcased at night by the lighting from eight metal columns. Like a portico on a promontory, the amphitheatre has become a new riverfront landmark for the city of Trois-Rivières.

Jury Comment(s): 

"The amphitheater has become an icon in the transformation of the riverfront precinct in Trois-Rivières, providing a new identity for the city. Using the simplest of geometry and the lightest of touch, the architects have created a memorable place for performances. The jury admires the precision of its distinct floating roof. Night lighting and the use of bright colour make the building a beacon for spectacles and performances at the water’s edge."

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Photo : Adrien Williams

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