Quebec City, Canada – The National Assembly of Quebec’s new reception pavilion is the first addition its site – Quebec City’s late-19th-century Parliament Building – in more than a century. Multidisciplinary firm Provencher_Roy designed the 5,100-sq-m pavilion in collaboration with GLCRM Architectes as part of an overarching initiative to modernize the institution’s infrastructures and facilitate access for the general public.
Due to the location’s heritage status, the contemporary intervention had to be executed exceptionally carefully. The architects inserted the pavilion – built completely underground – on each side of the central axis, which aligns the main entrance and gardens of the Parliament gardens. Viewed from the front, the addition is completely concealed: using the existing monumental staircase, a new entrance to the pavilion itself was created. ‘[Our team] opted for a sensitive and completely integrated intervention,’ says Provencher_Roy co-founder Claude Provencher.