Location
  • Calgary, AB
Client
  • Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Completion
2018
Size
  • 25,827 sq m
  • 278,000 sq ft
Sustainability
  • LEED® Gold certified
Collaborators
  • Entuitive
  • IB Jensen Masonry Ltd
  • MIG – Portico Group
  • Snøhetta
  • Stebnicki Mah Partners
  • Stuart Olson Construction
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
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Designed in association with Snohetta, the Calgary Central Library exemplifies the desire to create a long-lasting, enjoyable, viable resource for the people and guests of Calgary. As the city’s largest public investment since the 1988 Olympics, the library signals the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the city, one centered on the creation and innovation of knowledge and culture, rather than the consumption of it.

The new building provides spaces for all types of people and activities—for social interaction and exchange, for studying and learning, for quiet and introspection—championing the unique civic function that libraries provide today.
"Calgarians wanted a place to be inspired by and to innovate in. This vision has been a driving force for the team throughout the design and construction of this library."
Rob Adamson, Principal
Calgary Central Library

An early design sketch

A pattern emerges Early concepts of the building's dynamic façade. Photo credit: Snohetta
Calgary Central Library Sketch

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Shapes scatter

Early concepts of the building's dynamic facade.

Calgary Central Library Early Sketch

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Exterior artboard

The connectivity around and across the site is part of the civic centre, engaging the Municipal Building, the library and extending up and through the library to engage with East Village.

Calgary Central Library Early Design

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View from above

Early design of the library's atrium, serving as an orientation device for people to quickly grasp the circulation and organizational logic of the library.

The Making of a Library. The Shaping of a City.

Get a behind the scenes look at the making of the Calgary Central Library.

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