Nestled right in the heart of the Aylmer sector, the new Place des Pionniers building will offer Aylmer's 70,000 residents a lively, active and diversified environment. The building will house a two-storey library and the Aylmer service centre. The Lucy-Faris library will be a place for learning, personal development and cultural immersion. In addition, the new Place des Pionniers will accommodate municipal services and future expansion needs for the library.
On December 1, 2020, Gatineau launched an architecture competition for a LEED certified state-of-the-art building that would be a source of pride.
Through this evolutive and sustainable project, Gatineau hopes to provide a public infrastructure that is attuned to the residents and the environment. It aims to enlist the necessary creativity for a project focused on excellence in terms of style, function, durability, experience, and urban and architectural integration right in the heart of Old Aylmer.
Gatineau felt it was important to draw on residents' knowledge and expertise throughout the architecture competition, so it set up a residents' committee.
The committee's role is to:
The finalists met with the members of the residents' committee and discussed the issues and characteristics of the latter's living environment. This helped inform the multi-disciplinary teams about the specific context of the project. This is a first in the history of architecture competitions in Quebec.
From April 29 to May 13, 2021, the members of the residents' committee will meet three times for approximately three hours each time to review and comment on the presentations of the four finalist teams (approximately two hours per finalist).
The committee members were selected by a draw followed by an interview. The committee members also include representatives of organizations and officials: Association des professionnels, industriels et commerçants d'Aylmer (APICA), Centre de services scolaires des Portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSSPO ), Arts visuels de Gatineau and one representative of persons with reduced mobility.
The public was invited to express its vision of the future building's architecture, its integration into its surroundings, and the functions and ambience they expect from the new library. The feedback received was used to inform the professionals in their preparations of the architecture competition.
During the online workshop, participants:
A residents' committee is being set up to help design the new library's spaces and to integrate a work of art.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.