Performance Takes Top Priority: Cultural Center Guy-Gagnon in Verdun, Quebec
by Stanley Collyer
Winning entry by Les Architectes FABG
Les Architectes FABG won the competition for a new cultural venue, including a professional theater on the St. Lawrence River in the Verdun Borough of Quebec Province. The project also provides for redevelopment and expansion of Verdun’s resident school for circus performance (École de cirque de Verdun).
Selected from four finalists, all limited to the Quebec Province, FABG was selected on the basis of the quality of its general impression, its relationship to the nearby river, views to the surrounding landscape and its functionality. Jury Chair, Diane Vallée, directrice de la culture, des sports, des loisirs et du développement social in the Verdun Borough, noted that all of the finalists exhibited a high level of architectural expression.
In addition to Les Architectes FABG, the other Quebec finalists were: Saucier + Perrotte, Architectes; Dan S. Hanganu, Architectes; and Manon Asselin, Architectes in collaboration with Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, Architectes.
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