Espace Péribonka in the village of Péribonka, Canada
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Espace Péribonka: a bridge between past and present on the banks of Lac Saint-Jean

A multifunctional complex in Quebec that celebrates history and contemporary architecture

Les Maîtres d’Oeuvre Architectes (MDO)

Espace Péribonka in the village of Péribonka, Canada
By Editorial Staff -

On the banks of Lac Saint-Jean in the village of Péribonka, Quebec, Canada, Maîtres d’Œuvre Architectes (MDO) has designed Espace Péribonka, a multifunctional complex that combines history, culture, and contemporary architecture. The project stands out for its imposing structure, composed of two distinct volumes – one modern with a pitched roof and the other historic – with the two connected by a long, fully glazed corridor.

Funded by various government institutions, the Espace Péribonka project reflects the importance of preserving and enhancing the rich heritage of the village of Péribonka. Although with just 500 residents, this small village founded in 1888 has great historical and cultural significance as a colonial settlement.

 

Espace Péribonka: architecture in connection with the environment

Espace Péribonka - Les Maîtres d’Oeuvre Architects (MDO) ©Stéphane Groleau, courtesy of Les Maîtres d’Oeuvre Architects (MDO)


The design challenge for MDO was to develop a design that reconciled the cultural heritage of the area and the modern needs of the local community. The resulting project perfectly integrates into its urban and natural context. Espace Péribonka is intended to be a tourist destination par excellence, offering multifunctional spaces that meet the needs of both the local community and visitors.

The project involved the conservation and renovation of existing buildings, including the historic church, which was transformed into the new home of Louis-Hémon Museum. Working with the Quebec Ministry of Culture, MDO obtained permission to relocate Maison Samuel-Bédard to the inner courtyard of the site. This early 20th-century house, built around 6 km from Espace Péribonka, is symbolic of early colonial settlement in the region.

 

A new space on the banks of Lac Saint-Jean

Espace Péribonka - Les Maîtres d’Oeuvre Architects (MDO) ©Stéphane Groleau, courtesy of Les Maîtres d’Oeuvre Architects (MDO)


The newly built volume, which houses the town hall, library, and offices, consists of a large space with large windows that offer panoramic views of the river. The interiors have a neutral color palette that dialogues with the blue tones of the carpet and essential furnishings designed for functionality.

Particular attention was paid to connecting the different buildings. The result was a fully glazed corridor that creates a visual link between the historic church, now a museum, and the new building, while also offering glimpses of Maison Samuel from outside the complex.

To attenuate direct sunlight, sunscreens were specially designed to enhance the thermal and visual comfort of the interiors.

 

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Credits

Location: Péribonka, Quebec, Canada 
Completion: 2023
Client: Municipality of Péribonka 
Architect: Les Maîtres d’Oeuvre Architects (MDO) 

Consultants
Landscape: André Arata, Stantec 
Structures and MEP: Unigec 

Photography by Stéphane Groleau, courtesy of Les Maîtres d’Oeuvre Architects (MDO) 

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