Lemay redefined the bunker-style police stations of the past with this daring, sleek headquarters that establishes an integrated community presence while enabling streamlined operations within. Hosting police units from Terrebonne, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and Bois-des-Filion, its minimalist design leverages the poetic potential of the landscape and sets the tone as the centre of an emerging community.
The building’s architecture reflects unusual topography: a former sand quarry alongside a broad field. Its silhouette aligns with the horizon, two stories aboveground and one below, leveraging a steep grade with a defining, powerful bridge and cantilever over the former quarry.
The secure perimeter is cladded with laminated reflective material, reflecting the landscape, while multiple curated cracks convey metaphorical transparency. Vertically sectioned tree trunks provide shade and recall the land’s pre-quarry topography.