QUÉBEC CITY, Sept. 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is pleased to unveil the winning preliminary design and firm of the architecture competition for the future Espace Riopelle, which will house the world’s largest public collection of works by Jean Paul Riopelle, slated for inauguration between the end of 2025 and the beginning of 2026. The jury has selected Les architectes fabga Québec firm, following a prestigious competition launched in March 2022 that generated a lot of interest worldwide.
A choice that reflects Riopelle’s work
The jury chose the concept proposed by Les architectes fabg following a meticulous examination of the four finalists. Its recommendation was then approved, after deliberation, by all members of the MNBAQ Board of Directors and the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation.
In the course of the process, in addition to meeting all needs and complying with the funding envelope, the jury emphasized the winning firm’s extensive experience in creating cultural spaces and, specifically, museums; the quality of the reflection underpinning its presentation; the originality of the solutions proposed to redefine the MNBAQ museum complex to offer the public a smoother, more contemplative overall experience; and the intelligence of the concept developed and the team’s technical strength. The architect and the designers combined the requirements related to art, the remarkable natural environment , and the surrounding heritage buildings, bearing in mind the future pavilion’s strategic position in the museum complex. Above all, they have echoed Riopelle’s creative genius by proposing a dynamic climbing path in a signature building that will beautify the landscape. The jury also appreciated the fact that the firm is open for dialogue to adjust and enhance the concept to b etter reflect the project needs and constraints, such as the budget.
Moreover, the building will reflect a concern for sustainable development and be visually distinctive and eloquent. The architecture will lend itself to numerous interpretations through its terracing in keeping with neighbouring buildings that sometimes evokes the artist’s studio with its wooden ceilings and sometimes the northern environment and the Isle-Aux-Grues landscape with its green terraces displaying varied species. Natural light will bathe the proposed circuit, which will culminate in the circular space devoted to Riopelle’s masterpiece L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (1992), where the public will also be able to admire spectacular views on the Plains of Abraham and the majestic Saint Laurence River.
A video from the winning firm offers a glimpse of the project:
A high-profile international jury
The competition jury, chaired by French architect Dominique Jakobco-founder of the renowned Jakob+MacFarlane…