Sustainable park pavilion becomes modern-day agora in Montreal district

The new Saidye-Bronfman Park Pavilion, developed as part of the ongoing revitalization of the Côte-des-Neiges district in Montreal, has transformed the industrial character of the neighbourhood, creating a green and sustainable public centre for the district.

The pavilion is set in a new 8,600-m2 (92,570-sf) park that includes an arboretum, recreation areas, and a public square with animated water fountains. The new park is named after Saidye Bronfman (1897-1995), a Canadian philanthropist.

The pavilion helps strengthen the identity link between the park and the surrounding neighborhood by providing gathering spaces for the residents. The design, guided by the location of the park, also creates a bridge between the topography and the building. In collaboration with the City of Montreal, the architect, Cardin Julien’s bold design was intended to help define new aesthetic, sustainability, and accessibility standards for this type of municipal building.

The Saidye-Bronfman Park pavilion consists of a large multi-purpose room with a kitchen, a reading room, and a self-service library. The pavilion also includes administrative offices, washroom facilities, including one that is accessible from outside, and a garage for maintenance equipment. A community organization is also designated to provide recreational services to the diverse clientele of the surrounding communities.

The strong geometric form of the building—a reference to the Triangle area, the name Côte-des-Neiges district is known by—acts as a landmark, while integrating with the new distinctiveness of the site. The topographical variations of the land echo the angular and dynamic band of the pavilion’s metal facade. The architecture and the park are thus in constant dialogue.

The project also show the integration of sustainable development strategies into a municipal building. To achieve this, the building is equipped with a green roof accessible to users. In addition to its aesthetic qualities, this roof captures rainwater and helps reduce heat islands. Photovoltaic panels are installed on the south facade to supply the building with electricity. The design team also used the new slope to install a passive air conditioning system, which is used to temper the air seasonally and enhance the use of natural ventilation. Underground, a geothermal loop provides heating and cooling for the pavilion. Its orientation and large roof offer shaded areas around the building, allowing for maintenance of a cool interior during summer. Further, this pavilion is equipped with triple glazing on the curtain walls, enabling it to benefit from a significant amount of natural light. These elements make the building energy efficient and provide users with a comfortable and pleasant experience.

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