Located at the foot of Mont Saint-Bruno, Québec, Collège Trinité wanted to modify its 502-m2 (5400-sf) library with the ambition of going beyond the known institutional framework. The library has been designed to take on the appearance of a large unifying room with space flexibility giving students several usage possibilities by the combination of different areas and varied furnishing.
Designed by Montréal-based Taktik Design, the premises have been constructed to respond to new trends in teaching pedagogy. The new layout fosters research and study. The environment is also suitable for teamwork, collaboration, and relaxation.
The entrance is a quieter space where favourite books are accessible from a large and low library integrated with plants.
Suspended acoustic panels reminiscent of the topography of Mont Saint-Bruno create a division toward the formal collaborative zone. On the other side of the central wall, visitors discover a completely different space leading to more relaxed work where discussion and exchanges are encouraged.
Two glass rooms are erected on either side of the space. One serves as a conference room while the other with its eclectic and colourful seating serves as a creative space. In the centre, we find the student lounge, also acting as a co-working place.
The green zone adjacent to the curtain wall remains the signature touch of the premises. This inspiring space appeals to biophilia and contemplation practices. The wooden furniture and the hanging cocoon seats echo the surrounding nature.
“For us, a successful space cannot be summed up only in its esthetics, but also in its ability to create a link between its users and the created environment,” Taktik Design said.