Raymond-Lévesque Public Library – Saint-Hubert, Quebec

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“Like most libraries in the 21st century, it’s meant to offer social gatherings and cultural programs as well as the traditional functions of research and quiet study. The design team, led by Manon Asselin, put the public functions on the first floor, and the quieter zones on the second level – wrapping them all around a central courtyard, and capping the building’s irregularly slanted roof with a series of deep, diamond-shaped skylights. The building features plenty of complex geometry; the architects liken the roof to a “flying carpet.” But these work to serve the main purpose of the building – good public space with deep views into the forest next door, through windows protected by a beautiful array of wooden louvres.”
Alex Bozikovic
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