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B 7

Mixed service, ICP, community and economic environment
2009 – 2018
MONTRÉAL

Client : COOPÉRATIVE 7 À NOUS

Architect: L’OEUF

Main partners involved: Engineering: Groupe EGP, MRA, Vinci Consultants, GESFOR

Delivery date: APRIL 2018, PHASE 1

Location: MONTREAL, POINTE-SAINT-CHARLES DISTRICT

Overall budget: CAD 14.5 M GLOBAL / CAD 4.5 M PHASE 1

Budget allocated to the firm’s services: 4.2 M PHASE 1

An exciting project to transform the Point St. Charles neighbourhood with an innovative community program, Building 7 is the result of close collaboration between L’OEUF and a deeply committed client group since 2009. An ambitious reuse and renovation of a warehouse building, the challenge of this project was to establish an elastic and flexible approach. Program changes and environmental improvements can be made over time without costly rework through intelligent and detailed design. B7 is a gathering and sharing space for the community, an alternative and accessible place, almost a city in itself. General shop, café-tavern, car and bicycle workshops, art workshops, co-working spaces, phase 1, allow for a connection between citizens. Recycle and reuse materials according to the principle of circular economy to improve affordability and massively reduce the carbon footprint. Promote social economy, local food production. Designing spaces that are both soothing and dynamic, unifying and intimate as well as high performing through the implementation of sustainable systems specifically adapted to the site and the needs of our clients.
The participatory design process: codesign, an inclusive process where the client and stakeholders are stakeholders and at the CENTRE of the process has radically changed the sustainability strategy and the designs themselves.
“The community of Point St. Charles is hanging on and holding on to save their neighbourhood and their world. Citizens are coming together and putting forward their own vision of development, focusing on social housing and the reclamation of a former CN workshop. A fabulous story of tenacity and solidarity. Ève Lamont, Le chantier des possibles.