New Central Library in Halifax, Canada Print
Friday, 02 April 2010 08:02

A collaboration between Canadian architectural practice Fowler Bauld & Mitchell and Denmark's schmidt hammer lassen architects will design a 45 million Canadian dollars (€ 33 million) Central Library in the Canadian port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Halifax Regional Municipality received 13 submissions from internationally renowned firms such as HOK Architects/Lydon Lynch Architects; Moriyama & Teshima Architects/Barrie & Langille Architects, and Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners/John K. Dobbs and Associates.

The new Central Library located across the road from the existing library from 1951 will be built on a site occupying the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street in Halifax downtown retail district. Compared to the existing library, the new 11,000m2 library will accommodate more books, more users, more computers and more public spaces.

“The new Central Library will become a cultural landmark for Halifax,” said partner Morten Schmidt from schmidt hammer lassen architects and he continued: “The site holds a great potential and we look forward to collaborating with all the people involved in the future process. We appreciate the extensive work which has been done before the design process begins and look forward to designing a building which will meet the requirements of a library for the future.”

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