Brossard City Hall
2017

Brossard City Hall draws an interesting lesson on cultural acceleration and the place of history in architecture: the primacy of the automobile in public space is now a rapidly disappearing remnant of the twentieth century, and Post-Modern Architecture, after only thirty years, is already an historical style worthy of preservation.

The Brossard City Hall is a masonry building representative of its epoch. The interventions on the building aim to improve the technical flaws of the building. This includes work related to waterproofing, insulation, fenestration and masonry repointing. The harmonisation of new and old materials is of primary importance in the restauration project.

In addition to the technical improvements to the buildings, the design interventions improve the quality of spaces and the legibility of the building. Augmenting the natural lighting inside the building, framing of the civic space in front of the building, highlighting the presence of the entrance and reducing the heat island effect are some of the goals pursued throughout the restauration. The integration of these preoccupations has led to the improvement of green spaces and the creation of a civic plaza in front of the building; this marks the civic vocation of the building. The focal point of the new civic plaza is marked by a council chamber sheathed in translucent glass.

Details
Site
Brossard, Quebec, Canada
Program
City hall and civic space
Client
City of Brossard
Status
under construction
Credits
Architect
Affleck de la Riva architects
Design Architect
Gavin Affleck, Richard de la Riva
Project Architect
Richard de la Riva
Project Team
Sébastien Genest, Daniel Guenter, Serge Gascon, Jan-Bathyste Goudreau
Landscape Architect
Fahey + associés
Engineers
CIMA +
General Contractor
Quadrax
Lighting Consultants
Éclairage Public