The Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) has revealed the 11 winners of its Prix d’excellence en architecture for 2021 during an online gala.
The Grand Prix d’excellence en architecture 2021 was awarded to Lemay and Atelier 21 for their restoration of the building envelope of the Grand Théâtre in Québec City. The iconic building in the provincial capital, designed by architect Victor Prus and inaugurated in 1971, required major work to preserve its exterior, which features a mural by sculptor Jordi Bonet. The jury noted with the addition of a new, fully transparent envelope, the longevity of this major modernist work is assured.
“Architectural quality results from a thorough, disciplined approach that, among other things, reconciles the needs of users and the wider community by offering functional, sustainable solutions,” said Pierre Corriveau, OAQ president. “The Prix d’excellence en architecture is an opportunity to celebrate these multiple dimensions of quality and the architects who contribute to them, whether through their built achievements or their commitment to the public sphere.”
The 2021 awards jury was chaired by architect Jean-Pierre Crousse (Barclay&Crousse Architecture, Paris, France, and Lima, Peru) and comprised Christiane Germain, co-president of Germain Hotels, architects Marc Blouin (Blouin Orzes architectes) and Kim Pariseau (APPAREIL Architecture), as well as professor Pedro Ressano Garcia (Ressano Garcia Arquitectos, Lisbon, Portugal) of the Université Laval School of Architecture.
Winners of the 2021 Prix d’excellence en architecture by category are as follows:
● the ‘Grand prix d’excellence’ and ‘Prix du public’ (People’s Choice) went to Lemay and Atelier 21 for the building envelope restoration of the Grand Théâtre de Québec;
● the ‘Cultural Building’ award was given to Atelier TAG and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes in consortium for Pôle culturel de Chambly (Chambly);
● the ‘Public Institutional Building’ award went to Patriarche for the visitor centre, Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy (Borough of Sainte-Foy, Québec City);
● the ‘Commercial/Industrial Building’ award was given to Blouin Tardif Architectes for Förena Cité thermale (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville);
● SBTA Inc. won the ‘Multi-unit Residential Building/Complex’ award for Saint-Michel Housing (Borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Montréal);
● the ‘Single-family Residential Building, Urban Setting’ award went to _naturehumaine for La Doyenne (Borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal);
● the ‘Single-family Residential Building, Natural Setting’ award went to Ménard Dworkind architecture & design for hinterhouse (La Conception) and Yiacouvakis Hamelin architectes_ yh2 Les blocs de bois (Lac Memphrémagog);
● ACDF Architecture won the ‘Interior Design’ award for LightSpeed, Phase 3 (Montréal);
● Les architectes FABG won the ‘Heritage Enhancement’ award for the Verdun Auditorium (Borough of Verdun, Montréal); and
● the ‘Uncategorized Work’ award went to ABCP architecture for the Skating rink project, Parc des Saphirs (Boischatel).