The volumetry of this complex suggests a jagged-shaped glacier, a fragmented snow block reflecting sunlight, a piece of frosted and translucent ice in the northern environment,” says Yan Laplante, associate architect with CCM2 Architects.
The building’s interior space is 18,725m2 (201,554 sq. ft.). The roof structure is composed mainly of steel trusses with 82m (269’) spans, spaced at 5.6m (1.7’) intervals on centre and supported by steel beams. The building has a 15,175m2 (163,342 sq ft.) footprint.
The exterior is clad with 5,090m2 (54,788 sq. ft.) of .45mm (.0176”) pre-painted Z275 (G90) galvanized steel, coloured QC28317 White. The exterior cladding is .914mm (36”) wide panels in the Laurentian profile by Ideal Roofing. The colour, combined with the dramatic arrangement of wall facets, clearly fulfils the architectural vision. On the practical side, says Laplante of the cladding, “The use of pre-painted steel made it possible to respect the budgets established for the project.”
The architectural design provides a simple volume for sports activities, soccer and ice rinks, unified by a distinctive volume, the main entrance, including the common hall, a multifunctional room, administrative offices and the catering sector.
In a wonderful juxtaposition to the cool that the exterior evokes, sunlight pours through the approximately 1,110m2 (11,948 sq. ft.) worth of windows. “Unlike existing sports complexes, this one opens on the outside by maximizing the views of the immediate environment from the common areas,” Laplante explains. “In the evening, the complex becomes a lantern, the hall lights up entirely, the light spreads on translucent and clear surfaces showing the movements of users and the movement of shadows on the glass walls and on the outside floor. The complex comes alive with the presence of occupants, the rhythms of the seasons and activities.”