The project is inspired by the outdoor library, where people can consult, exchange, leave, share and appropriate books in an open-air space. This concept fits in well with the intersection of Joffre and Sherbrooke East, as it helps to energize the space surrounding the bus shelter and allows people to read while they wait for the bus. What's more, the idea of an outdoor library encourages the surrounding community to come and leave books behind, to share them and make them accessible to all. This gesture creates a multi-purpose space where people waiting for the bus can socialize and learn through the written word.
The proposed design is an installation of seven rotating shelters on the ground, where citizens can sit and read. Each hut has a small shelf to hold the various books. The huts feature two large openings on the sides for easy access, and a plexiglass-covered window to catch a glimpse of the arriving bus. The reading areas also feature sloping roofs to help protect them from the sun's rays and adverse weather conditions such as rain, wind and snow. What's more, users can rotate the cabins to optimize the coolness of the shade, thanks to the long wooden panel that doubles as the user's backrest. To bring an artistic touch to the waiting area, the cabins will be painted in different colors on the exterior surfaces.
The intervention area extends onto rue Joffre, creating a sidewalk overhang for safe pedestrian circulation. To encourage citizens to use active and public transport, rue Sherbrooke Est is also being redeveloped, with the installation of a single-lane bicycle path and a median strip with trees to provide safety for cyclists. The aim of the redevelopment is to reduce car speeds by removing one lane of traffic and greening up this mineralized artery.
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The jury appreciated the highly social and cultural dimension of the proposal. The incentive to read, moreover, to individual reading in a public place remains a simple and strong image. The proposed system is as elegant and flexible since it can be deployed and moved according to seasons and needs, both in summer and winter. The design makes it possible to imagine various ways to animate the site and takes into account the fact that this district welcomes many families. Some members of the jury also saw a reference to the fishing booths used on frozen lakes. The balance between security and openness is what has allowed this project to prevail.
(NB.The jury did not attribute any honorary mention for site 1)
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