Located in the Mont-Tremblant National Park in Québec, Canada, the Discovery Centre envisioned by Smith Vigeant Architects offers a stunning view of Lake Monroe and its surrounding hills and mountains. The building consists of three distinct sections: an amphitheater, a space for service facilities, and a discovery zone. A continuous band of rustic wood unfolds into walls, a roof and a floor sheltered by a large canopy. Given its pristine location in the heart of nature, the use of wood as the primary material facilitated the harmonious insertion of the structure into the unspoiled setting.
To achieve this, a wide variety of wood species were used on both the exterior and interior, reinterpreting the site’s richness in textures and colors, while giving the building durability and resistance. The Discovery Centre was designed around the site’s natural and climatic features and in respect to bioclimatic principles. The development of the project was founded on the assiduous integration of the building into the site as well as its sensitivity to the surrounding area. [Photography and information provided by Smith Vigeant Architects]