Mont-Laurier multifunctional theater / Les architectes FABG

Mont-laurier multifunctional theater / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

Located in the Laurentian mountains, 250 kilometers northwest of Montreal, Mont-Laurier is a small town where the forest industry still plays a centralrole despite a declining demand for lumber. The building site is located on the southern embankment of the Lievre River between the cathedral and the public school.

Mont-laurier multifunctional theater / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

The guidelines of the architectural competition initiated by a local non-profit society stressed the need for a multipurpose hall able to accommodate traditional performing art events and offering a series of other configurations for cabarets, banquets, corporate events, and trade shows. The capacity of the hall is variable from 700 to 270 seats in order to accommodate comedy shows, theatre presentations, school performances and various concerts. The gross floor area for the project is 3500m2 and the budget for tenderas $9.2M excluding equipment and taxes.

Mont-laurier multifunctional theater / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

The hall is divided in three sections that combine a series of mechanisms for easy and efficient reconfiguration. The portion closest to the stage consists of a platform on synchronized Spiralifts with seating sections gliding on rails. The middle portion has telescopic seats that retract to rovide additional floor space when needed. Finally, the rear section of the hall features a mezzanine of 184 seats whose guardrail can be removed.

Mont-laurier multifunctional theater / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

The architectural proposition was based on a structural grid of crosslaminated wood beams that supports the roof and creates a canopy over he main entrance. It clearly communicates the importance of wood for the region and supports the local development of new technologies that add alue to this natural resource that has a better environmental footprint than steel and concrete.

Mont-laurier multifunctional theater / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

The project offers a new cultural model for regional development blurring the lines between experimental theatre, convention center and concert hall. It 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.

Project Details:
Location: Mont-Laurier, Canada
Architects: Les architectes FABG
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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