Gallery: BIG Proposes a Sloping Green Roof for Quebec’s Beaux-Arts Expa...


A recent competition to design the expansion of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec included many design proposals from some of our favorite architects including the Danish firm, BIG. Although they didn’t win the expansion (OMA did), we actually prefer their design because of their inclusion of a sloping green roof (that people can actually walk on!), large daylighting windows and a sweeping dramatic form.

Currently the museum is located in three structures of varied history, purpose and architectural expression and is far too small for the type of exhibitions the museum would like to host, hence the need to expand. BIG partnered with Fugère Architectes to design a proposal for the museum expansion, which centered around the creation of two large facades conceived as large windows to reveal the ever changing exhibitions inside the museum. Conversely, large amounts of natural daylight filter into the interior and museum visitors get a grand sweeping view of the Parc des Champs-de-bataille and courtyards.

The two main facades rise up opposite each other forming a protected courtyard with the neighboring church and convent. The roof lines connect to the ground and extend the park area onto the building itself, and visitors are able to mill about and walk onto the green roof. On top of all this, old growth trees around the area and the church and convent would be saved and preserved.


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  1. Robert Burns Birthplace... December 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    […] cool air to provide pre-cooling and heating for the variable air volume ventilation system. A sweeping green roof tops off the new £21 million museum, which was built using local stone and […]

  2. Mac April 26, 2010 at 3:20 am

    “BIG did not even make it to round two of this competition!
    You should mention the five finalists and the winner (OMA).”

    Well. Maybe because they dont have a green Roof.

    Im disappointed at inhabitat for showing the works of firms like BIG and MAD simply because these firms always claim GREEN even though the actual building has nothing to do with sustainability.

  3. davidwayneosedach April 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Imagine it covered in snow! How beautiful!

  4. Culbertsan April 21, 2010 at 7:55 am

    BIG did not even make it to round two of this competition!
    You should mention the five finalists and the winner (OMA).

  5. Envirofemme April 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    wow… what a huge task. Not sure how I feel about it, although it is an impressive building!

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