Architects selected to design Calgary’s new central library in Canada
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Architects selected to design Calgary’s new central library in Canada

06 Nov 2013

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation in Canada has selected a combined bid from Snohetta and DIALOG to design the $245m library in the East Village.

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The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation in Canada has selected a combined bid from Snohetta and DIALOG to design the $245m library in the East Village.

The current central library was constructed in two phases in 1963 and 1974 to serve a population of less than 400,000.

With significant growth over the last 50 years, the City of Calgary says the existing library is unable to support the expanding operations of the Calgary Public Library.

Planning for the project began in 2004 when the city council committed $40m towards the development.

The new library, which will be adjacent to the City Hall, will be designed with flexible, community-orientataed spaces in a building that is 66% larger overall than the existing library.

After completion, the new library will host a physical collection of about 600,000 books and spaces for special programmes.

The facility will also feature a technology commons and laboratory for innovation, a centre that supports inclusive community integration and advancement through skills development.

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation president & CEO Michael Brown said, "Our rigorous selection process left nothing to chance, so we are entirely confident that Snøhetta and DIALOG are exactly the right architectural team to design a New Central Library for our city."

Construction of the new library is anticipated to start in early 2014 and complete by 2018.

Councillor Druh Farrell said the new central library is a landmark project for Calgary and represents the single largest investment in a public cultural facility since the 1988 Olympic Games.

"Great libraries are hallmarks of thriving communities that embrace ways to connect citizens to one another and to the world," Farrell said.


Image: The new library, which will be adjacent to City Hall, will be designed with spaces that are flexible. Photo: Courtesy of Snøhetta.