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How we live, work and play is changing radically. As a result, our role as architects and designers is changing, too. As a firm, we’ve made a conscious decision to be positive and proactive, to design for a better future. By expanding our practice, we hope to maximize our positive impact.

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Complexe Aquatique de Laval

  • Location

    Laval, QC

Nestled into an existing forest and bathed in natural light, the Complex Aquatique de Laval will immerse its users in nature, offering the community an accessible oasis at the edge of the city. Supporting both recreational and competitive events, its internal organization gives swimmers and spectators views of its natural wooded setting from all areas.  The concept highlights the importance that maintaining and enhancing natural landscapes plays to the citizens of Laval and promotes well being for all citizens.

This project is a joint venture between HCMA and NFOE.

Design Response

HCMA and NFOE were one of four shortlisted teams in this design competition. Our competition-winning entry highlights its natural setting with a round form enveloped by forest, with skylights bringing natural light deep into the building, like sunlight dappled on the forest floor. Users will feel as if they’re taking a walk in nature, with each view point offering a unique perspective of its surroundings. The second floor fitness area includes a roof garden which further connects the building to the forest, and brings natural light into the centre of the building.

Design Process