The Jasper Place Branch Library was the joint venture between firms Hughes Condon Marier Architects (HCMA) and Dub Architects. The new library was to replace the old, but was still inspired by the 1960’s Modernist design of the original. The city of Edmonton required sustainable attributes in the building’s design, which was ultimately awards LEED Gold certification.
A key design element for the architects was creating a “social space,” as the function of libraries will inevitably change with time and technology; the communicative aspect of a library remains the same.
The designers state that this trend towards e-books and Internet accessibility has already led to a major decline in the number of items in the collection at Jasper, but they state “…the Library of the Future needs to be designed to maximize social potential. This was what drove the design of this project.”
Canadian fabricator, Thermal Systems, speaks to the complexity of the standing seam roof design, stating that, “each sheet [of BEMO roofing material] was unique and was curved on-site to accommodates the tight radius of the curved roof.” The fascia was composed of Alucobond aluminum composite material that comes up and over to tie “seamlessly into the roof.”
The architects further explain that the unique design of both the interior and exterior elements of the library create a “memorable public space that provides a strong public presence in a neighborhood that has lacked meaningful indoor public spaces.”