Have I mentioned that I have a passion for libraries? I do, you know. I am a card carrying member of my our local branch and seek them out whenever I’m travelling.
I think that the regard in which a community holds its public libraries speaks volumes about the place. 😉
ine my joy when lo and behold!, I wandered past this beauty….
ld not resist stepping inside … into this covered courtyard space or "promenade".
Designed to resemble the Roman Colosseum this main branch, on West Georgia Street, opened in 1995. The library itself is a nine-story rectangular structure which houses the usual library business – stacks and services.
surrounded by a freestanding elliptical, colonnaded wall. Here are reading and study areas which are accessed by bridges spanning skylit light wells. The library's internal glass facade overlook the glass-roofed courtyard.
space is formed by a second elliptical wall on the east side of the building and provides the entrance and, I suspect, lively and bright protection from Vancouver rainy winters.
utiful balance of form and function.
Very impressive, Vancouver!! I'd come back to visit any time of year just to further explore this library.