Located between the Sillery coast and the Ross coast is an innovating project, in both design and symbology, full of nuances, textures and functional lines. We are speaking about the promenade Samuel de Champlain in Quebec, designed by Daoust Lestage architects for the 400th anniversary of the city.
The main concept of this project, created in remembrance of the founder of the city, was to restore the coastal landscape and provide access to visitors for them to use and enjoy the space. This zone is scattered with wood elements which refer to the old tradition of working with our favourite material, which is well-established in the region.
Along the route of this architectural setting are various areas which are structurally and functionally divided for informative, educative, sport and cultural purposes.
The information centre Quai des Cageux is located on the western end of the park and is composed of a viewing point which looks like a lighthouse, a pier with local vegetation and a multifunctional pavilion. Wood is especially present in the three elements which compose the horizontal and vertical lines. The tower, with its 25 metre steel structure covered with wood lattice, offers an extraordinary skyline of the surroundings through a wide picture window.
The main area gives way to large open spaces for doing sports. There are paths which go along the whole length of the rehabilitated coastline, two football fields, and a multipurpose track for athletics. Moreover the white cement pedestrian walkway and greyish bicycle lane create a link between the whole unit, therefore promoting sport activities as a healthy way of leisure.
In addition to the architectural buildings, the Samuel de Champlain promenade has spectacular green areas where contemporary art is regularly exhibited, thus bringing culture closer to the visitor.
On a symbolical level, this promenade represents a historic memory of the city, emphasising the importance that wood and the shipbuilding industry had in the 19th century. The design follows the watercourse and commemorates a decisive period in the construction of the city of Quebec, as we know it today.
Images by Marc Cramer
More information on this Project at www.daoustlestage.com