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Situated between the Past and the Future

La Filature bridges the past and the future, as seen in its architecture, which preserves traces of history in a contemporary environment. The building’s interior reflects this two-fold vocation, with angular lines and sloping walls meeting century-old beams and St. Andrew crosses. The space features abundant light and large open spaces and can host several events at the same time. The architectural concept, developed in concert with artists by the firm Fortin, Corriveau, Salvail, received the Patrimoine or heritage award of the Fondation pour les arts et les lettres d’Outaouais in 2003.

Paysage électrique (2002) is a work by Josée Dubeau created under the Quebec government’s art in public buildings program. Installed at the back of La Filature, it is inspired by the district’s industrial history, with its rows of electrical insulators lined up like a rosary on a steel beam on which bronze crows are perched. The work can be seen throughout the building and is a reminder of the urban district in mutation in which the building is located.