Located in a glade of Mount Royal Park, the green lung of the city of Montreal, the 3 kiosks at the Beaver Lake replaces two existing buildings showing signs of advanced deterioration. Inspired by the character of the site and the glade and marked by the presence of the mountain, the new buildings want to respect the surrounding environment, but also be a part of the poetry of the place with its architecture.
As part of the architectural vision of Frederick Law Olmstead, this project invites the user to live a global experience of the landscape by generating spaces with a powerful psychological effect by proposing unique and lasting landscapes according to the natural character of the places. The three kiosks are read like a painting depicting the wind pushing three volumes expressing their sensitivity to the place, the elements and the pressures that surround them. The ‘’spirit of the glade" and its poetic values, are lived through the visual perspective, the sunbathing and the rocking of the wind. Accompanied by this state of mind, the intention is to create a dynamic and voluntary movement. Movement symbolizing the wind sweeping the glade and generating the desired joint, both structured and random.
The kiosks ensure by their form, structure and materials the implementation of a light and transparent open architectural design in the surrounding landscape. As time passes, these three kiosks merge with the landscape using materials that age perfectly and naturally with time. Each kiosk contains a portion of the program. A first kiosk houses the ticketing service and allows the storage of both summer and winter recreational equipment. The snow class and the green class are in another kiosk. The third kiosk is for employees and first-aid station as well. The presence of the kiosks is an approach inscribed in the place rather than a demonstration of architectural art.