New renderings take us inside Calgary's New Central Library

Dec 19 2017, 11:09 am

The vision that was once the New Central Library is slowly shaping into reality in Calgary’s East Village.

Although the project is not expected to be complete until late 2018, new renditions on the NCL’s website show an exciting and inspiring space for Calgarians to enjoy. The four-storey library offers different levels and rooms for different functions and age groups. Ranging from lounges, to conference rooms and children’s areas, the New Central Library encapsulates a modern learning and gathering public space.

With a $245 million price tag, The New Central Library is going to be 240,000 square feet. The project, being led by the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), is fully funded with the Calgary City Council committing $175 million and the CMLC contributing $70
Construction began last year, and progress can now be tracked on the NCL’s website.

According to the site, the concrete cores, along with electrical and mechanicals, are being completed at this time. The next phase takes place later this year, when 65 foot long cross-braced trusses are installed to create the frame of the building, and the site is prepared for steel work. By late 2016, early 2017, the building’s East and West exteriors are expected to be completed, with interior construction beginning to take place then. In its final year of construction, landscaping and interior finishings will complete the project before its doors finally open.

Are you excited about The New Central Library? Here’s a peak of the New Central Library’s layout through renderings.


The exterior of the NCL from 7th Ave and 3rd St SE/The New Central Library


Atrium filled with natural light/The New Central Library


A 340-seat theatre and public forum space/The New Central Library


Children’s library/The New Central Library


Collage of shapes facing East Village/The New Central Library


Atrium/The New Central Library


“The Living Room” is an informal lounge located on the top floor/The New Central Library


A study area featuring natural light and soft seating/The New Central Library


Bright conference room/The New Central Library


Webcam image of construction/The New Central Library

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