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.
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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