John M. Harper Branch Library & Stork Family YMCA

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HONOURS Ontario Library Association Award


John M. Harper Branch Library & Stork Family YMCA

Waterloo, Ontario

Client:

City of Waterloo

Size:

60,000 sq.ft.

Status:

Completed 2011

LEED速: Silver

The design of the John M. Harper Branch Library posed an exciting challenge in that the library shares its home with a new community YMCA. The desire was to embrace the confluence of these programmatically and technically different uses and create a functional and inspiring whole in which the programs interact and elevate each other to create an inspiring community experience. The building, now certified LEED Silver, aimed to be as ecologically responsible as it is socially exciting. Extensive daylighting reduces energy consumption and creates a bright and interconnected space. In addition, the project employs displacement ventilation, green and white roofs, local, recycled and low-VOC materials, and on-site storm water management.


The building’s openness and dynamic form create an inspiring meeting place and landmark in a growing neighbourhood



Views of the Library are carried through the building



A key design feature is a light-filled galleria, which serves as a unifying spine through the building, while mediating between the different acoustic, humidity and security requirements of the two programs




Views of the Library from the galleria


Library entrance


Library entrance and service point


Areas are differentiated by way of ceiling heights, acoustical treatments, light levels, shelf placement and furniture choice



The Library design was organized to support the latest ideas in proactive customer service



The open design allows clear lines of sight to the various areas of the Library


Children’s area



Study area



Adult lounge


The galleria and an enclosed courtyard bring natural light deep into the interior as well as provide alternative study and gathering spaces


Green roof and clerestory


Visual interconnection between the Library and YMCA



Rear building entry and book drop

Library view from the new neighbourhood street




Ongoing projects | Similar Experience


Clareview Branch Library & Recreation Centre

Edmonton, Alberta

Client:

City of Edmonton + Edmonton Public Library

Size:

190,000 sq. ft.

Status:

Expected completion in 2014

LEED速: Silver

With Architecture | Arndt Tkalcic Bengert


Stanley A. Milner Library Renewal

Edmonton, Alberta

Client:

City of Edmonton + Edmonton Public Library

Size:

164,000 sq. ft.

Status:

Expected completion in 2016

With Architecture | Arndt Tkalcic Bengert


Burlington Central Library

Burlington, Ontario

Client:

City of Burlington

Size:

47,000 sq. ft. (renovation) + 17,000 sq.ft. (addition)

Status:

Completed in 2004


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