A first look at Halifax Central Library

Preliminary architectural sketches for the new library unveiled last night.

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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