École Secondaire De La Rivière Des Français (CSPGNO)

Project Type
educational institutional
Project Size
446M² / 4,800 SF
Completion Date
Noelville, Ontario

3rdline.Studio performed an addition and renovation to Noëlville Secondary School to accommodate a new primary school. The addition was built as an atrium space inside an existing courtyard. The new space acts as a flexible space designed for collaborative learning and group meetings more attune with STEM based programming and modern learning environments. Outfitted with overhead doors on either side of the main atrium space, students have access to the outdoors during the spring, summer and fall thereby creating an extended learning environment for students.

Key Features

Flexible Space
A shared atrium amongst classrooms creates opportunity for collaborative learning.
Natural Daylighting
Clearstory lighting provides access to natural daylighting
Overhead Doors
Overhead doors create a unique opportunity to extend the learning environment to the outdoors while providing ample access to natural daylighting

Services Rendered


  • Creation of four classrooms suited to elementary STEM programming within the existing footprint of the school
  • Creation of a flexible learning spaces suited to collaborative learning
  • Ease of access from administrative zones
  • Access to outdoors
  • Limited construction period with continued school operation during construction period
  • Separation from the high school students


Locating the new classrooms and commons inside the existing but underutilized courtyard allowed for the creation of a unique atrium / common space. Not only does this atrium/ commons space create a programmatic link from administration to the new elementary classrooms and outdoors but creates a unique gathering place/ space/ shared learning environment with ample access to natural daylighting. This specific location of the school also provides a separation from the high school classrooms allowing the elementary spaces to function independently.

Work photography by Gerry Kingsley

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