The Place des Gens de Mer grants second life to a site once occupied by a fish processing plant that was destroyed in a fire. Designed by design studio Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes, this public gathering space references the architecture of the plant, while making the site more accessible for passersby.
The project. located in a village in the Magdalen Islands, Canada, is part of a larger initiative to build a series of public spaces on 12 panoramic sites. It pays tribute to the workers at sea and reinvigorates an otherwise inaccessible area. An openwork wooden stockade surrounds the site to guide passersby and provide privacy.
The entire project comprises a service wing, a belvedere, a public market zone, a stage and an agora. Undulating elements represent a stormy sea, while the oscillating wooden counters and benches represent the docks. Interactive terminals and signs educate the visitors on the history of the site. A poem by a local artist contributes to the storytelling quality of the project. The architects used eastern cedar and marine plywood for their resistance in saline environment.
Photos by Adrien Williams