November 28, 2015

Lots of Concrete! Take a Look at the Soon to Open Jasper Place Library in Edmonton

The roof and walls of the new library building consist of a single 12″ slab of concrete.

From The Edmonton Journal:

How do you make a heavy concrete slab stand without columns or beams?

Fold it like a piece of paper, says architect Michael Dub, standing under the graceful series of troughs and peaks that form the concrete roof and walls of the new Jasper Place Library.

The west-end community branch reopens Feb. 25 and marks one more in a series of innovative building projects from the Edmonton Public Library.


We want to make architecture interesting, not just boxes,” he said, crediting his CEO Linda Cook. “The word she’s really interested in is iconic. We want to be the focal point of the community.


The $14-million Jasper Place Library is all about the roof. It was poured in five sections, after construction crews experimented with life-size mock-ups in the parking lot, said [Kevin] Kramers, [the library’s director of facilities and operations].

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See Also: Learn More About the Library and the Opening Scheduled for February 25, 2013. (via EPL)
Includes additional images and video.

See Also: Project Web Page from Teeple Architects

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