St. Roch Plaza

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Year: 1993

Client: City of Quebec

Awards: 1992: Award of Excellence from the Quebec Association of Landscape Architects (AAPQ)

1993: Regional Merit Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)

Completed in 1993, St. Roch Plaza was designed as a revitalization project for a derelict urban neighbourhood. Since then the area has become one of the fastest growing neighbourhood’s in Quebec City, attracting new commercial, residential and institutional development.

The plaza is divided into two gardens. The upper garden is inspired by Quebec City’s “Cap Diamant”, the natural stone cliff upon which the upper city is built. It features a fountain created from layers of soft and hard stones creating different waterfall effects surrounded by lush native planting. The lower garden has a more urban feel. Colourful flowering trees and flower beds surround a large water basin that beckons visitors to soak their feet and stretch out in the sun.