Project Name: Lumenpulse
The designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance commercial, institutional and urban LED solutions was seeking an innovative architectural statement that would at once house its production space, laboratory, design and engineering centres, offices and an experiential space, supported by robust security and electrical systems.
The resulting built-to-suit endeavour has become a spectacular showcase for architectural branding by Lemay, which delivered integrated services in architecture, interior design, graphic design and urban planning. By developing a unique, customized built environment, and driving customer ideas beyond initial expectations, Lemay infused the entire project with the client’s values as well as its history and culture.
At the heart of the project is a glazed experiential space inspired by a prism. Discovery centre, interactive museum, showroom, 300-person training and event space, the LumenPrism links the various environments, a central gathering space that transforms the user experience as a prism transforms light.
Two of the complex’s three volumes, the factory and a light-filled volume that hosts offices and rest areas, are superimposed to maximize floor space. The latter follows the river’s angled edge to offer spectacular views to some 600 employees.
The workplace environment mirrors the client’s own attention to design, with a colour palette of black, with touches of yellow and metallic accents, illuminating and harmonizing products and space.
Located along the St-Lawrence River, between two major transportation arteries bordered by residential and industrial areas, and parks, the new Lumenpulse headquarters plays an important role as an integrative interface for widely varying contexts. Its design and alignment maximize visibility from the river, highway and Montreal – a stunning new landmark that embellishes its unique environs.
Lemay: Creative thinking. Collective value.
Founded in 1957 as an architectural practice, Lemay is a leading provider of integrated design services for the built environment. Its unique blend of creativity, large-firm capacity and transdisciplinary service offering brings client aspirations to life, while its unique Net Positive approach creates sustainable value for users and communities around the world. The firm’s commitment to design excellence, supported by over 350 awards and distinctions, also translates into the lemayLAB, an instrument of research and innovation in all aspects of design. Lemay brings together some 450 professionals, earning it a world ranking of 52nd largest (2019 World Architecture 100).
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