Snøhetta + DIALOG’s new, expanded Calgary Central Library is now open

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            <img src="" border="0" />Showing off a dynamic geometric-patterned facade, the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Calgary</a> Central Library by <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Sn&oslash;hetta</a> and DIALOG finally opened its doors to the public on November 1. The Sn&oslash;hetta and DIALOG team was selected to design the new library after winning the Calgary Public Library's international competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" >in 2013</a>.

Located in a city where more than half of its residents are active library cardholders, the new Central Library was expanded to 240,000 square feet (two-thirds of its original size) to accommodate more visitors and their various library needs.

Photo © Michael Grimm.

Photo © Michael Grimm.

The entry plaza doubles as a portal and bridge that re-establishes pedestrian connections across the site. Gently terraced slopes rise up to the building, while outdoor amphitheaters embedded into the terraces allow people to sit and library programs to take place outdoors.

“The entire building volume is enclosed in the same pattern, allowing all sides to function as ‘front’ of the building. This …

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