Calgarys Central Library (project stage)

Calgarys Central Library (project stage)


Convinced of the importance of engaging the community from the outset, the design for the city’s new library building was completed after two years of conversations with the local community. The new facility, built over an existing Light Rail Train line, is a technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration. It is located between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, and connects the two neighborhoods by way of a wood-clad arched entrance and an urban landscape transformed into a topography of squares and terraces. Inside, the lobby with its sunlit atrium marks the starting point of a visit to the library. The program is organized so that the more engaging public programs are on the ground floors, and quieter study areas are on the third and fourth floors. The facade utilizes a unique geometry and distribution of clear and fritted glass openings to control desired daylight levels for the interior spaces: highly transparent zones attract public interest while closed areas provide more focused study spaces. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.

Obra Work
Nueva Biblioteca Central, Calgary (Canadá) 
New Central Library, Calgary (Canada) 

Cliente Client
Canada Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) + Calgary Public Library 

Arquitectos de diseño, de interiores y de paisaje, gráficos y cartelería Design, interior and landscape architects, graphics and wayfinding
Vanessa Kassabian, Michelle Delk, Dennis Rijkhoff, Ben Matthews, Justin Shea, Samuel Brissette, Mia Kang, Anne-Rachel Schiffmann, Craig Dykers, Martin Gran, Sofie Platou, Kim Andre Fosslien Ottesen 

Arquitecto ejecutivo y arquitecto paisajista asociado Executive architect and landscape associate architect

Ingeniero de estructuras Structural engineer

Civil Civil
Delcan Corporation 

Mecánica Mechanical

Electricidad Electrical
SMP Engineering 

Contratista Contractor
Stuart Olson  

Acústica Acoustics
FFA Consultants in Acoustics and Noise Control Ltd. 

Audiovisuales IT&AV
McSquared System Design Group Inc.  

Seguridad Security
SMP Engineering 

Cerramiento exterior Building Envelope
Building Envelope Engineering Inc 

Asesor de costes Cost Consultant

Consultor ejecutivo de gráficos y cartelería Executive graphics and wayfinding consultant

Imágenes Images
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