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SimCafé

Saint-Laurent, QC
Client
CAE
Cost of construction
$3.1M
Area
15,000 ft² (1,394 m²)
Year of construction
2011
Contractor
Broccolini Construction
Photos: Stéphane Brügger
CAE, established in Montreal in 1954, is a world leader in modeling, simulation and training in the civil aviation and defence sectors. Having expanded over the years, it now occupies more than one million square feet of space in the city’s Saint-Laurent borough. This is an industrial complex where flight simulators are designed and manufactured. It is also home to a major training centre and to the company’s head office.

SimCafé

SimCafé
Concerned with the well-being of its 3,500 employees, the company wanted to establish a place for them to eat and relax, while serving the entire industrial complex. The project took shape in a new 15000 sq.ft. pavilion housing a cafeteria that can host up to 225 people, a commercial kitchen and a multipurpose space.
SimCafé

SimCafé

SimCafé

SimCafé

For this small building, with its outstanding energy performance, inspiration was drawn from the world of aviation. The façade’s steel panels evoke an aircraft fuselage or flight simulator, while the roof’s incline symbolizes an opening to the sky. The steel frame, exposed indoors, is treated as an integral part of the interior layout.

The cafeteria space is bathed in natural light thanks to its abundant window area and inclined ceiling. Wood, used in some items of furniture, brings warmth and comfort to its users.

SimCafé
SimCafé
SimCafé