One of these was the expansion of the town hall and the library buildings, which the mayor found unfitting for their public role. Di Cocccio wanted a building that could match his ambitions; and one that would become the symbol of his term in office. Roger Desmarires started working on the project the very next day, selecting a brutalist aesthetic to reflect the tradition at the times of strong, progressive, and steadfast public buildings that were meant to symbolize a strong, progressive, and steadfast government. The repetition of the arches gave the entrance to the double building a strong presence, among which, it is easy to imagine local personalities rushing to the reception hall.
Integrating a cultural centre, the Galerie Port-Maurice, and several exhibition rooms aimed to bring art into the population's everyday lives by showing contemporary works. The erection of Michel Goulet's sculpture-fountain, Trait d'union, in front of the building marked one of the first 1% artistic integrations in a public architectural project by the Quebec government.
Crédit photo: Sergio Clavijo