This project renovated an existing 85,000-square-foot structure and added 240,300 square feet to it, creating a five-level structure with a transparent north facade that brings light into the library while offering users a view of the neighboring Peace Garden. The building’s internal circulation is organized around a series of stairs and landings, with the main stair traversing the entire northern wall and guiding visitors through the heart of the library. Other features include a café on the second level and a rooftop terrace adjacent to university’s administrative offices. A variety of seating areas include built-in seating on the library’s grand staircase and comfortable places that are tucked away so patrons can retreat to read or study.
This project recently received Honorable Mention for the 2009 PCI Design Awards.