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So named for the purpose of commemorating the 100th anniversary of the wreck of the Empress of Ireland, this multi-purpose room is a component of the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père and serves to host travelling exhibits having a maritime theme.
The simple building volume showcases a glulam structure drawing on age-old traditions. The exposed scissor trusses give the building and premises a touch of class. This structural detail, updated for the present purposes, offers a worthwhile blend of modernity and tradition. Wood was optimized in a number of ways – i.e., in the form of solid wood panels for the roof system and 3-m-long span walls. This building also serves to showcase regional products.
This project is an excellent example of an unheated tourist facility in which wood’s thermal qualities afford greater comfort for users: the structure remains cool in summer and interseasonal use can be extended. All in all, it is an ingenious solution that meets the needs of several municipalities.
The value of the glulam structure along with the wall and roof bridging is $140,000, and that of the pine exterior siding is $20,000.
Winning Project Quebec (Cecobois)