Calgary's Central Library added to BBC's list of top contemporary libraries

Mar 21 2019, 9:45 pm

As if we didn’t already know it, but Calgary’s New Central Library is quite the architectural marvel.

It has recently received praise from the BBC as it landed on their list of stunning contemporary libraries, finding a place alongside gorgeous buildings from all around the world.

“Behind the façade’s hexagonal geometry, the activities inside Calgary’s new library in Alberta, Canada are organised from fun to serious,” the list states.

“In the children’s library on the ground floor, there are playhouses where crafts and drawing activities take place. And on level four, focused study happens in the ‘great reading room.’ Outside the 22,300 sq metre building, amphitheatres built into the terraces allow library activities to spill outside. The building was designed by Snøhetta.”

The building was opened following a public ceremony back on Thursday, November 1 and saw over 50,000 people check out the new digs within the first weekend alone.

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Since then it has become a staple in the East Village neighbourhood as well as in the lives of many Calgarians.

The BBC’s list also included Oodi Central Library in Helsinki, Finland, the Chicago Public Library, Copenhagen’s Tingberg Library, the Tūranga Christchurch Central Library in New Zealand, Hanoi, Vietnam’s VAC Library, Biblioteca Sur in Lima, Peru, Dandaji Library in Western Niger, and China’s Tianjin Library.

All of the featured libraries include creative designs and stunning layouts, and Calgary’s Central Library fits right at home among such dignified company.

Don’t believe us? Just take a look at a few recent shots of the place and you’ll know what we’re talking about:

 

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