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The Maurice-Lamontagne Institute is a 25 000 m2 marine sciences research centre comprises an oceanic port, salt water underground tanks, aquaculture rooms, basin rooms, dissection rooms and more than 10 000 m2 of laboratories (chemistry, biochemistry, animal biology, clean rooms, pathology, necropsy, etc.)
One of the project’s goals was to create an attractive working environment to bring scientists in a distant region. All functions were thus placed along an interior street. This street is open to natural daylight and offers in many places views to the nearby ocean.
The laboratories had to respond to the flexibility asked for by the program and were grouped around accessible stacked mechanical corridors. They were planned following a 6 x 6 meters module surrounded by researchers’ offices, placing them near their experiment spaces.