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Raising the roof

Unique builds
Library turns the page
By Quentin Casey

Construction of Halifax’s new library began in November 2011. The 108,000-square-foot, fi ve-storey building has since generated attention not typically associated with East Coast architecture. In January, CNN included the library in its list of “10 eye-popping new buildings that you’ll see in 2014”. Noted the American network: “it blends the distinctive atmosphere of local landscape with northern European design heritage.”

The $57-million library was designed by Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, with international partner schmidt hammer lassen architects of Denmark.

The $57-million library was designed by Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, with international partner schmidt hammer lassen architects of Denmark.

The Central Library will replace the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library; 900,000 people are expected to visit in the first year.

The Central Library will replace the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library; 900,000 people are expected to visit in the first year.

The building will boast light-filled rooms, three creative studios, two cafes, views of downtown Halifax and Citadel Hill, and a landscaped green roof sustained by rain water.

The building will boast light-filled rooms, three creative studios, two cafes, views of downtown Halifax and Citadel Hill, and a landscaped green roof sustained by rain water.

 

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