May 28, 2022

Ottawa, Canada: “Super Library Architects Trying to Balance Civic Focus with National Prominence”

From The Ottawa Citizen:

Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects won a competition to design the building on city-owned land at 555 Albert St., just west of Bronson Avenue. After finalizing the contract, the city introduced the architects at the National Arts Centre on Dec. 19, using the Parliament Buildings as a backdrop.

The architects are tasked with designing a building that has national importance, since it will be home to a federal institution, but also one that reflects a local significance as the municipality’s flagship library. When the new building is done in late 2024, the Ottawa Public Library will close its main library on Metcalfe Street and truck the collection west to the Flats.

Expect a bright and airy building with less attention on book stacks and more focus on gathering spots, reading nooks and creative labs. It might even be a bit noisy compared to today’s library standards.

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See Also: World-renowned architectural team to design joint facility for Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada (via Ottawa Public Library (December 19, 2018)

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