Beloeil Aquatics Centre
The City of Beloeil, QC, is defined by the dramatic cliffs of Mount Saint-Hilaire, the Richelieu River and picturesque agricultural lands. Inaugurated in May 2019, its new aquatics center by Lemay offers a strong architectural response to this environment.
“Our goal was to maximize delicate and nuanced design strategies to make the most of this community-building opportunity, said Pierre E. Leclerc, Lemay associate and project director.”
A luminous, translucent glass box on a black base comprises the 55,000 sq. ft. building’s simple massing of two distinct and complementary geometric forms. Smooth and shiny by day, at night the light box reveals the depth of its structure and the nature of the activity taking place inside.
A system of vertical acoustic louvers acts as a natural and artificial light diffuser, accentuating an impression of vibrations inside and outside the pool envelope.
Lemay describes the simplicity of the project’s form and construction as a reflection of the duality of everyday. The geometric encounter between opacity and transparency, the darkness of the base and the lightness of the water bodies offer architectural textures and variations that are revealed from a distance, and in the approach.
“The project’s design-build approach and cost constraints created a challenging context for excellence, but we ultimately succeeded in creating an integrated presence that echoes a contrasting environment, Andrew King, Partner and Design Principal at Lemay”
The interiors are flooded with light and the southeast façade is directly in line with the axis of Mont Saint-Hilaire, so that users can swim, bathe or slide while maintaining contact with the mountain.
PROJECT TEAM: Andrew King: Senior Partner, Design Principal; Pierre E. Leclerc, Architect, Associate, Design Director; Mylène Carreau, Associate, Design Manager, Landscape Architecture; Yanick Casault, Associate, Project Director; Marie El-Nawar, Architect, Design Lead; Manuel Galipeau, Architect, Designer; Jordi Dupuis-Carbonneau, Architect, Designer; James Sunderland, Architect, Designer; Myriam Perreault, Architect, Designer; Éric St-Pierre, Senior Technician; Rémi St-Pierre, Architect, Designer; Chloé Lavoie, Designer; Alice Maria Cavalcante Lima, Designer; Marie-Claude Leblond, Associate, Project Manager | ENGINEERING:Structural Engineer: ELEMA and Lainco; Mechanical Engineer: BPA and Lambert Somec | CONTRACTOR: Decarel