Design is taking on pollution in a powerful way. The new Stinson Transport Center designed by Lemay is clad in ceramic tiles that scrub the air clean. Manufacturer of innovative cladding products Céragrès collaborated with the architects to deliver a colorful, ventilated ceramic cladding system able to absorb polluting particles emanating from the buses that come and go all day.
The building is designed to integrate the new transport center into its residential surroundings without raising visual or air pollution. With over 300 buses departing and arriving every day, the building needed a system that would mitigate pollution. Céragrès offered a great solution-a ventilated cladding system with pollution-capturing features activated by sunlight.
The center features a recognizable bright yellow footbridge that reflects the STM brand identity. It is covered in ventilated ceramic cladding resistant to discoloration that maintain their brightness even when in direct contact with UV rays. When exposed to light, a catalyst featured in the enamel is activated and cleans the surrounding air. Polluting molecules such as nitrous oxide emanating from the buses naturally deposits on the ceramic surface, and then the catalyst uses the surrounding oxygen to transform these polluting elements into harmless components such as mineral salts that are released into the air.
This smart feature is possible because of HT Technology that cleans and deodorizes air simultaneously, like planting trees around the building. Thanks to its environmentally friendly features, the new Stinson Transport Center received LEED Gold certification.
Photos by Stéphane Groleau