May 18, 2022

Calgary Public Library Selects Snøhetta and DIALOG to Design New Central Library

From Canadian Architect:

The search for an architectural team is over, and the design of Calgary’s much-anticipated new Central Library is set to begin. Since issuing a RFQ in May 2013, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) – the developer City Council has entrusted to manage, coordinate and supervise design and construction of the new Central Library – has worked diligently through a two-stage procurement process that first narrowed 38 international submissions to a shortlist of four firms and then selected the prime design consultant from those immensely qualified finalists.


To bring a new vision to life through powerful enduring architecture and place-making, CMLC’s selection committee has chosen the team of Snøhetta (an international architecture firm with offices in Oslo and New York) and DIALOG, a Canadian firm with locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.

Beyond installing Snøhetta and DIALOG as the design brain trust for the project, CMLC has engaged MHPM as Project Managers and Stuart Olson Dominion Construction to round out the powerhouse project team that will bring the new library to fruition.

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Snohetta, of Norway, designed the airy internal amphitheatre and elegant sloped roof of the library in Alexandria, Egypt, and have crafted similar signatures for the Oslo opera house and 9/11 memorial in New York.

With the firm’s selection Monday to design a planned 288,600-square-foot, $245-million library over the CTrain tunnel in East Village, Craig Dykers’ firm Snohetta joins the list of celebrated overseas architects to leave their mark on Calgary this decade. The ever-growing list includes fellow Europeans Santiago Calatrava (Peace Bridge), Norman Foster (The Bow) and Bjarke Ingels (Telus’ forthcoming Sky Tower), as well as global firm Woods Bagot, whose under-construction Brookfield Place tower will become Calgary’s tallest.

See Also: Video: Four Firms Named as Finalists to Design Calgary’s New Central Library (August 2013)

See Also:  Learn About Plans for Calgary’s New Central Library, View Master Plan Report (February 2013)

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