Expansion of the headquarters of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)



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Expansion of the headquarters of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)

Montréal, Canada

Consortium BGLA + NEUF architect(e)s

How can architecture contribute to democratic values?


Montréal, Canada, 2019-02-12 –

Recently awarded at the Grands Prix du Design, category “common area”, this LEED silver expansion project offers a new everyday life at the CSN’s head office, thus improving the quality of life of users and residents of the neighborhood.

Located in the Ville-Marie district, east of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the head office of the CSN (Confédération des syndicats nationaux), a brutalist building from the early 80s, wanted to get rid of its heavy and severe image. This image has been transformed through a redevelopment and an expansion amplifying the aesthetics of the building and its impact on the neighborhood, while preserving its essence, its identity. The entire project is inspired and anchored in the continuity of the values of the CSN: autonomy, freedom, solidarity.

 

Conceptual Approach

The expansion project is designed to enhance the architectural and social landscape of the area. A large volume of color develops in continuity with the existing building, but now more freely, expressing diversity, complementarity and unity. A new garden completes the development of the site and offers users and residents of the neighborhood, a real area of ​​relaxation and exchange.

At the heart of the architectural concept is the symbiosis of two volumes, one of wood, the other of steel, blending harmoniously in a vast atrium bathed in natural light. A true metaphor of the public space, at once free, luminous and unifying, this grandiose place acts as a strong link; uniting the existing building with its expansion, as well as the different members of the confederation. The offices are all located at the perimeter of the enlarged volume and around this atrium lined with passageways and crossed bridges. Above the ground floor and the garden level are the common functions: the meeting rooms, the cafeteria, the multifunctional room, the bookshop and the library. The “circular” floor plan offers great flexibility that will allow the growth or decline of the different federations over the years.

 

Enhancing Wood

Wood, concrete and steel were used to express the know-how of local and regional industries, represented by CSN unions. The atrium was designed to highlight these raw materials. In particular, wood is the predominent element of this project, since it is associated with the collective spaces of the building; these places, highly symbolic for the Confederation, unite its different members and gather them around the same mission. The careful use of wood allows emphasis to be placed on these spaces of sharing; including the atrium, the cafeteria and multifunctional rooms. Combined with concrete and steel, finely worked wood enhances the aesthetics of these collective spaces and represents the wealth of know-how of the workers, recalling the essence of the CSN. The different types of wood chosen for the design of the project all come from local and regional industries represented by the Confederation’s trade unions. Maple was the main type of wood used in various ornamental applications for its color, strength and identity.

 

About BGLA

BGLA has been specializing for more than 40 years in the fields of architecture, heritage and urban design, and now has three business offices in Montreal, Quebec City and Sept-Îles, with a large team of more than 70 employees. BGLA has a diversified experience on projects of all sizes, mainly in the institutional (teaching and health), cultural and community fields. BGLA’s architectural approach is sensitive to the protection of the built environment and its historical and social context. Recognized for its interventions that are respectful to both the buildings and their constructive processes, BGLA is concerned with the valorization of the natural and cultural heritages of each place. The firm also favors the development of local materials, with wood occupying a predominant place in most of its achievements, both in terms of structure and finishes.


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