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Design Feature Casino in Canada gets new design makeover with an aquatic theme Sid Lee Architecture in partnership with FCSD architecture + design tackles the revitalisation of Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau. Photos by: Stéphane Bruger WISHING TO reinvigorate its image and position itself as an essential player on the entertainment scene, Société des casinos du Québec commissioned Sid Lee Architecture and FCSD architecture + design to lead an intervention strategy at Casino du LacLeamy in Gatineau, Québec, Canada. The casino presented major organisational challenges: its interior spaces were cluttered and undistinguished, producing a confusing and unwelcoming result, devoid of hierarchy or landmarks. The re-design therefore aimed to bring coherence to the space; open perspectives to better connect the spaces and identify their functions. An aquatic theme was naturally chosen to develop a unique identity for the casino, located on the shores of a lake and surrounded by water. “The main staircase was brought to the middle of the central space, among the game tables and machines, while connecting to the restaurants and discotheques on the upper floors. Designed as a beacon visible from all around the casino, the stairs are dressed with a unique carapace composed of 595 backlit metal scales declined into 94 different models, reminiscent of fish skin and its changing reflections. An iconic architectural element, it centralises all visual perspectives and asserts the space’s identity”, explains Martin Leblanc, architect and partner at Sid Lee Architecture. The project was carried out in close collaboration with Lightemotion for an immersive lighting installation and with Trizart-Alliance for the multi-media segment. Founded in 2009, Sid Lee Architecture is the fruit of architects and urban designers Jean Pelland and Martin Leblanc. Operating on a global scale from its Montreal offices, Sid Lee Architecture gathers more than 35 architects, technicians, designers, managers, and artisans offering services in urban studies, architecture, interior design, strategic development and positioning, brand integration, and signage – for cultural, residential, institutional, recreational, and corporate projects. FCSD architecture + design was created in 2015 when Mrs Annie Damphousse joined the team of Mrs Sylvie Corriveau, Mr Luc Fortin and Mr Guy Salvail, all architects. Since the beginning, the firm Fortin, Corriveau, Salvail, Damphousse architecture + design senc has developed an expertise in architecture as proven with its work on different interior design and revitalisation projects. „ More information at www.sidleearchitecture.com Building & Investment | www.b-i.biz 57