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A first look at Halifax Central Library

Preliminary architectural sketches for the new library unveiled last night.

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Last night Morten Schmidt's rough sketches for the Halifax Central Library were unveiled. They're still rough, but from what we can see at this point, the early plans demonstrate a solid understanding of community and staff desires and values, without watering down its architectural interest: plenty of green space, including indoor/outdoor trees, rooftop gardens and lots of bright open areas; a flexible performance space and an outdoor plaza (concerts, movies!); meeting spaces; and, of course, plenty of room for books and reading.

The cantilevered style of the building is not only interesting to look at, but will also extend outdoor spaces and take advantage of a tight footprint.

There's a PDF of the presentation available here, or watch video from the public consultations, before the next meeting on August 25 at Pier 21.

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