Carried out in consortium with Smith Vigeant Architects, the project consists of the expansion of the Christ-Roi elementary school of the Montreal School Service Center, in the Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. The school was extended over three floors, including nine classrooms, a kindergarten, a daycare service and a gymnasium. The project aimed for creative solutions to successfully integrate both architectural and urban. Creating a harmonious composition, the extension incorporates the principles of the existing building and redefines the school’s relationship with its context.
On the street, a sculpted volumetry announces the new hall, as well as the social and active functions. On the courtyard side, transparency and color are more expressed, offering a personalized character to the institution, respecting its initial pavilion. The bright colors of the facade blend with the original brick while revealing it. The two buildings are built around a vast central staircase covered in natural light and the radiance of colors.
The staircase clearly ensures the new links with the existing school while providing a comfortable and fun socializing space. The entrance hall, by its size and opening, creates a generous and friendly transition space between the neighborhood, the daycare service and the schoolyard. Color ensures a warm presence of the institution in public space, harmonizes the old and the new while stimulating learning and spaces for sharing.