The new Halifax central library is scheduled to open in November 2014.
It isn’t even finished and already Halifax’s new central library is turning heads south of the border.
American news and television network CNN included the project in its list of 10 eye-popping new buildings of 2014.
Halifax’s new public library is the only North American project to have made the list, which was published on Thursday.
The $57-million central library project is intended to replace the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library, built more than 60 years ago. Its replacement — still under construction — will serve as the flagship location for the library system’s 14 branches, which services about 166,000 registered borrowers.
George Cotaras, president of Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, the lead architecture firm behind the library, was elated when he learned of the honour Friday.
“It’s very nice to see but proof is in the pudding when it’s completed and the community as whole is satisfied or as thrilled as we hope they’ll be.”
Cotaras believes the library’s iconic nature, form, colour and shape are the particular things that caught the attention of CNN. He said the community “wanted a building that was a statement and we gave them that.”
Designed by Danish architectural firm schmidt hammer lassen, it blends the distinctive atmosphere of local landscape with northern European design heritage.
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