In a city that has few architectural gems, the Central Library (Library Square) is one of Vancouver’s few gleaming gems – and the world has noticed.
The Vancouver Colosseum-inspired building was designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie. It combines the old with the new and is the only library in Canada to be ranked as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
Here is what Travel + Leisure had to say about the Central Library:
Architect Moshe Safdie’s creation resembles a modern-day Colosseum. You enter the Central Library through a huge skylit concourse, which contains shops and cafés and acts as an urban gathering point. Bridges inside the library connect to reading and study areas in the outer walls. Plans are under way to reclaim two of the building’s top floors from other tenants in order to expand the rooftop garden and make it accessible to the public. Open seven days a week
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