Joint venture CCM2 + CLC architectes
Photo credits: Stephane Groleau/stephanegroleau.com
Located near a major highway in Quebec City, the sports complex marks the urban landscape by it’s dynamic architecture with angular forms, giving instinctively to the passers that the building is a focal point for winter and summer sports activities (skating, soccer, swimming, cycling, skateboarding, basketball). The new building acts as a signal element the day as night in the urban environment of Quebec City both at a pedestrian level that vehicular circulation.
The architecture proposes a sleek volumetry for the two rinks and a distinctive volume for the main hall. This hall gives access to the multifunctional room divisible into three, the administrative offices, the restaurant area and the bleachers (over 300 seats per rink). The morphology of the main entrance is the result of an idea referring to physical phenomena of glaciation and crystallization of water. The volumetry suggests an iceberg with broken forms, a snow block fragmented reflecting sunlight, a frosted and translucent piece of ice in the northern environment. The natural light, source of inspiration to animate and enrich spaces, enters the hall widely glazed and is distributed by reflection and refraction in all the common adjacent spaces. The large hall, open on two levels, is glazed on the rinks and the outside. By its configuration and by the integration of large ramps, the lobby solves the problematic of circulation of the old arena by optimizing and clarifying the displacements of players and visitors throughout the complex. Unlike the existing sports complex, this one opens on the outside to maximize the views on the surrounding environment from common areas. At the evening, the complex becomes a lantern, the hall glows completely, the light spreads on the translucent and clear surfaces showing the displacements and the movement of shadows on the glass walls and on the outside ground. The complex lives and animates by the presence of occupants, to the rhythms of the seasons and activities.