Montmagny Library has won the Heritage Prize at this year’s Cecobois Awards, hosted by the Centre of expertise in commercial wood construction. It’s a third nod for the library, which offers the community a friendly space respectful of its surroundings and the environment.
Both city and nature inspired Lemay’s design of the library, which acts as a bridge between the two. A pedestrian promenade is a key element of the project, sheltered under a long canopy in front of the children’s reading corner.
Steeped in history, the building melds new construction with the existing presbytery, a cherished heritage structure. The jury praised a balanced combination of old and new that hints at the in-depth research behind their integration. The jury was also charmed by the indoor wood surfaces and emphasis on the presbytery’s original wooden structure, which combine to make Montmagny Library such an architectural gem.
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