Vancouver Library Square

The glass ceiling above the Vancouver Library Square atrium lets natural light streamline through the windows to the library and the walkway which is filled with a variety of shops. The atrium also allows for a large space even when it is raining outside. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

With its seven story view, both below and above, the stunning design of the Vancouver Library Square is evident in the large atrium that serves as the entrance to the Public Library.

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Type:

Library

Season:

All Seasons

Weather:

All Weather

Time:

30 minutes

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Questions, Sense of Curiosity

The Vancouver Library Square is one of the most impressive libraries in Vancouver. A welcoming space with floor to ceiling windows letting in natural light and an almost 360 degree view of the surrounding city, The Library Square is an awesome feat of architecture. With its Coliseum feel and distinct design which also includes a green roof, the library is both appealing on the inside and out with a magnificent seven story glass encased walkway featuring shops and a view into this seven story tall public domain harbouring thousands of books for the residents of Vancouver.

Housed in a seven story glass and brick enclosure and stretching over one city block radius on either side, the flagship library of Vancouver is an amazing feat of architecture.

The outside stairs and the overall 360 degree appearance of the structure creates an interesting illusion which attracts many people. Completed in 1995, this structure has a unique circular shell design not unlike Rome's Coliseum.

One of the largest projects undertaken by the government of Vancouver, the impressive volume of materials found within, including several languages focusing on many Asian dialects has greatly improved the accessibility of reading materials and technology for the downtown region.

The library also consists of offices, restaurants and shops, most found in the interconnected Library Square, as well as the most interesting design feature, the eco-friendly green roof.

The Library Square is adjacent to the Vancouver Public library and consists of the outer entrance of the library and several smaller retail shops including a newsstand, coffee shops and a pizza stand.

This tall, open space is lined on all sides by impressive glass walls with a unique seven story view into the library space. The space is tailored to the west coast weather by creating a space to encompass a large volume of people while keeping out the elements. Design is key in this space and all who experience it are awed by the magnitude and size of the structure as well as its airy, open feel.

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Completed in 1995, the Vancouver Library Square is the flagship library in the Vancouver Public Library system which is the third largest in Canada. The Square contains seven floors dedicated to providing the public with books, dvds, magazines and services.
The Vancouver Library Square is an awesome feat of architecture and design. Utilizing old and new design it is truly a centrepiece focusing on providing books and services to the public while also providing a space for people to enjoy.


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350 West Georgia Street
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