Futuristic Library Design Encouraging Social Interaction in Edmonton,Canada
The design collaboration between Hughes Condon Marler and Dub Architects led to the development of Jasper Place Branch Library, a project recently completed in Edmonton, Canada. The aim of the new construction was to create “a sustainable design to fulfill present and future library needs and uses, to welcome all demographics and to accommodate future reorganizations of the collection and reading areas”. The massive contemporary building replaces a small library which was located on the same site.
The futuristic project displays an irregular shape, with an impressive glass facade and an original undulating roof. The inner spaces encourage social interaction, by “incorporating a continuous raised floor that allows for flexibility over time and eliminating the need for services at the roof level. Stairs (one of which also acts as both social space and informal amphitheater) are located at each end of the upper level and form a continuous circulation loop”, explained the architects. [Photography: Hubert Kang]