The project consists primarily of the construction of a new building to house the Bibliothèque et espace culturel interarrondissement Ahuntsic-Cartierville - Montréal-Nord (Ahuntsic-Cartierville–Montréal-Nord interborough library and cultural space) on Henri-Bourassa Boulevard East, between Oscar Avenue and J.-J.-Garnier Street in the Montréal-North borough, on the outskirts of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough. The new building, with approximately 3,900 m2 of floor space, will be built on a vacant lot that will also require development.
This multidisciplinary architecture competition is an opportunity to endow the interborough area with a distinctive and innovative civic building, original in design, that will raise the area’s profile and enable it to positively differentiate itself, while meeting design excellence objectives and thus strengthening Montréal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.
Implementing the Ahuntsic-Cartierville–Montréal-Nord interborough library and cultural space project will, in particular:
- Bridge a gap, enhance quality and complement the comprehensive provision of local library, cultural, social and community services and infrastructure;
- Better reach the area’s vulnerable population segments by leveraging the social role of the library-as-shelter (public, free, open and welcoming) and facilitating social as well as digital inclusion;
- Fulfill certain needs of local professional and amateur artists by providing a cultural performance and arts education venue with adapted equipment and resources;
- Reach the clienteles of the area’s social and community centres and groups by making available to them privileged spaces in which to conduct their activities in optimum conditions;
- Rethink the organization of this type of infrastructure according to a different paradigm from what is typically seen in Montréal.
In short, the competition presents the opportunity to design a space that will bring people together and function simultaneously as a library, arts and culture venue and social and community space, inspired by next-generation libraries, and be fully aligned with the Montréal 2030 Agenda for Quality and Exemplarity in Design and Architecture by following principles of sustainability and placing creativity and innovation at the service of the green and social transition.
The project construction budget is of the order of $20 million, taxes included.