Highlands Branch Library

Edmonton/ Canada

Size/ 1,500 m²
Client/ Edmonton Public Library/ City of Edmonton
Partner Architect/ Marshall Tittemore Architects
Landscape Architect/ Dialog
Engineer/ Read Jones Christoffersen/ Smith + Andersen/ Hemisphere Engineering/ ISL Engineering Ltd
Sustainability/ LEED Silver certification

The Highlands Branch Library in Edmonton, Alberta, provides the Highlands’ community with a distinctive landmark which underlines a new open and accessible creative centre. The new library is designed as a composition of pitched roofs, with a modern expression implementing large windows and a metallic facade. The building sits like an open pavilion in a garden and expresses that it is open to all; a free public space, a place to read, a place to learn, a place to meet, a place to be.

The Library has been serving the community in northeast Edmonton, Highlands, Montrose and Bellevue communities since 1962. The new building, which replaces the existing branch library, responds in its design to the low-rise buildings in the neighbourhood.

As a distinctive landmark in the community, the new library stimulates the further development along 118th Avenue. From whichever direction the building is approached, whether by foot, bicycle, bus or car, visitors will be able to look into the library space. The library pavilion faces the surroundings in all directions. The building’s transparency and openness contributes to its social hub function, which is essential for a modern library.

The new library is organised as one large space spread into three wings – focusing on children, teens and adult collections. Librarians are located in the centre to be easily available and visible to all library visitors.

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