Halifax Central Library: A Representative of Resident Diversity in Halifax

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The Halifax Central Library is located in Halifax, Canada, and seen as the most significant public building to represent the diversity existed in the city. Thanks to Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects that able to reflect it into the design of this new library.

The Halifax Central Library

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Situated in a prominent position in Halifax, the Halifax Central Library is linked to the heritage in the surrounding area, such as Schmidtville, Dalhousie University School of Architecture, the historic Citadel Hill, and Spring Garden Road, the busiest shopping street in the east of Montreal.

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The building exists as a flagship for 14 branch libraries servicing the municipality.

Cubic Construction

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The building went with cubic construction with four significant volumes placed vertically on top of one another with shifted and twisted facade alignment.

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On another important note, the library has accepted an international-level verification certified by CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) as LEED Gold.

Recognize as a Green Building

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The Halifax Central Library is seen as a green building with high performance.

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The design itself was a result of extensive monthly public consultations through workshop focused on various group and live streaming via the library’s website.

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These consultations were conducted to make sure that all future users of the library feel included in the designing process.

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Meanwhile, the Halifax Central Library has attained the sought-after 2016 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for its superb building design.

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Another part of the building design which includes letters in different sizes and placements.

Open Green Roof Terrace

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The open green roof terrace can be accessed from the top of the building. The terrace offers a unique view of Halifax Harbor and Citadel Hill.

Via SHL