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Surrey library gets global attention for its unique design

DH Vancouver Staff Sep 19, 2018 2:58 pm 115

A Metro Vancouver library has been named one of the world’s most striking libraries in the world.

The Surrey City Centre Library made the list released by Literary Hub.

The library was opened in 2011 and spans 77,000-sq-ft over four floors. Designed by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects), the library features large windows, skylights, and a striking exterior.


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According to the Literary Hub, the library’s distinct exterior looks like the “the prow of a ship.”


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The only other Canadian library to make the list include the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario. Surprisingly, downtown Vancouver’s Central Library in did not make the list. In 2014, it was named one of the most beautiful libraries in the world by Travel+Leisure.

18 Most ‘Striking’ Libraries in the World

  • Rampur Raza Library — Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Biblioteca Central, Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Vennesla Library and Culture House — Vennesla, Norway
  • National Library of Korea, Sejong — Sejong City, South Korea
  • The Royal Library — Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Geisel Library, University of California San Diego —  San Diego, USA
  • Information, Communications, and Media Center, Brandenburg University of Technology — Cottbus, Germany
  • Kanazawa Umimirai Library — Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • The Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library, Oxford University — Oxford, UK
  • Seattle Central Library — Seattle, USA
  • The Sandro Penna Library — Perugia, Italy
  • Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The New York Public Library — Manhattan, New York, USA
  • The Surrey City Centre Library — Surrey, Canada
  • Library of Parliament —  Ottawa, Canada
  • Liyuan Library — Liyuan, China
  • Atlanta Fulton Public Library —  Atlanta, USA
  • Peckham Library—  London, UK
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