Client: DES PHARES SCHOOL SERVICES CENTRE
Architect: L’OEUF / LAPOINTE MAGNE ET ASSOCIÉS
Main partners involved: GBI / LATERAL / PRATTE PAYSAGE / VINCI CONSULTANT
Scheduled delivery date: 2023
Location: RIMOUSKI, RUE ANNE HÉBERT
Overall budget: 21 M CAD
Budget allocated to the firm’s services: n/a
Our school is more than a school. It is a place for the whole community, a place to learn together.
The articulated roof of exposed wood unfolds to let light in everywhere. As few walls and as many windows as possible integrate the school with the surrounding nature. Forest to the north and field to the south, the school is an ecotone between the two. The courtyard and courtyard areas are appropriated by the community, as is most of the school itself. Our truant school follows the natural topography of the land to provide level access to both levels.
The classroom clusters are to the north, framed by the physical and food hubs – and in between the core offers places to eat together, to collaborate and learn together, to run and play together, all bright and easy to use. Our school offers children and teachers places that promote joy and belonging – and then success, and well-being for all.
Because well-being is the key to success. Happier children learn better. We extend this idea to the whole community under one roof. Because children need their village to learn to share, and the school provides opportunities and structures to transform lifestyles.
Education shapes the adults of tomorrow – caring, nature-loving, defenders of our cities and landscapes – and our schools can show us that learning together makes a better place for children, for families, for communities and better for our world. That is, a school that is more than a school…