Library staff and architects presented a dazzling design concept for a renovated and expanded Lakeshore Library at Council on February 6. The new building would incorporate the existing structure with an addition that would double the size of the library. (See the design on this Youtube animation)
The building would be enveloped in glass, making it bright inside and connecting patrons visually to the outside. The existing angled tower structure at the front would become a giant digital display announcing new and scheduled library programs and events.
A glassed area at the front could be opened to the outside, connecting a performance stage to an exterior courtyard. A fenced outdoor garden area at the west side would be accessible from the children’s library area and from other program areas. The main entrance is planned adjacent to the parking spaces on the east side while some natural space would be preserved on the west side for future park or recreational development and could include a walking path that would connect with the neighbouring seniors’ residence.
The library’s ambition is to become a “community hub”. The new design anticipates flexible spaces that can accommodate performances, events, and meetings. New digital and imaging resources would be available to encourage and develop new skills among residents of all ages.
The construction budget is $5.4 million and the total project is estimated at $7.1 million with funding coming from development charges. The library design incorporates some technological features for efficiency such as radiant in-floor heating and ‘smart building’ zone controls. Overall, the design is expected to meet L.E.E.D. Silver criteria and is within budget.
A final design will be announced after further consultation.