Covering an area of 165,895 ft2, this six-storey building includes office space as well as businesses (it was originally a Canada Post sorting centre). The disused industrial building previously loomed over a site that was heavily contaminated with hydrocarbons. Design choices were made with a view to maximizing access to natural light, ensuring flexibility and scalability and using non-toxic local materials.
The actions taken by the owner were primarily aimed at decontaminating the site, upgrading the building and optimizing energy efficiency. Enlarging the windows was designed to increase the amount of natural light and to improve the building’s overall energy balance sheet. Thanks to the unique structure of each storey (23 feet from floor to floor), a displacement ventilation system was installed. This feature gives the occupied spaces a good deal of adaptability since the locations of the system outlets can be easily modified.
Photos : Jean Gagné