MONT-LAURIER – Located in the Laurentian Mountains on the southern embankment of the Lievre River in Canada, The Mont-Laurier Theatre is a multi-purpose venue – theatre, convention centre and concert hall that emphasizes the importance of timber in the region. FABG based the design on an architectural proposition of a structural grid of cross-laminated wood beams that support the roof and create a canopy over the main entrance.
The capacity of the hall is variable from 270 to 700 seats allowing the accommodation of traditional performing arts events whilst also offering a series of other configurations, a requirement stressed by the local non-profit society that initiated the architectural competition. The hall is divided into three sections that combine a series of mechanisms for easy and efficient reconfiguration. The portion closest to the stage consists of a platform on synchronised Spiralifts with seating sections gliding on rails. The middle portion has telescopic seats that retract to provide additional floor space when needed. Finally, the rear section of the hall features a mezzanine of 184 seats. The theatre is in a constant process of transformation offering to the community different artistic performances, corporate events and socio-cultural activities every day, all year long.