An esstradinary place

2013

Just a stone’s throw away from Rosemont Métro station stands the new bibliothèque Marc-Favreau, named for the actor who created the famous character Sol.

The borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie’s objective in building the library was to create a welcoming place to experience culture and learning.

Its architecture is designed by Dan S. Hanganu Architects and inspired by the lovable tramp and his creator. A column at the library entrance is emblazoned with the image of Sol, as well as by a quote from the actor, known for his word play.

The areas housing the facility’s book collections are made of wood, a wink to Sol’s trademark trunk, while its windows look out over the future Parc Luc-Durand, alias Gobelet—Sol’s sidekick.

Art is ubiquitous in this library, the borough’s third. There is a huge light fixture made of found objects, designed by Lampi Lampa’s Emmanuel Cognée, as well as a sculptural work whose hanging coloured panels form patterns reminiscent of Sol’s coat. Entitled Constellation en Sol, the work was created by Adad Hannah, winner of the library’s public art competition.

Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau is utterly unique in that talking, drinking and eating are all allowed.

And as Sol would have said, "That’s esstradinary and marvellful!"

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