TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects is shortlist selected to design a new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada joint facility. In partnership with KWC Architects, the team is among five finalists from 33 submissions received by the City of Ottawa.
In announcing the shortlist, Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, said “this is a unique opportunity to create a landmark institution in our national capital; one that will serve the needs of residents as a community library branch and city-wide resource, while offering all Canadians access to Library and Archives Canada’s public-facing services and their rich and diverse collection.”
Diamond Schmitt has an extensive portfolio of award-winning libraries in both public and academic settings. Among current library projects are Robarts Common, a five-storey addition that adds 1,000 study spaces to Robarts Library at University of Toronto, and the renewal of the North York Central Library. This revitalization reprograms public space to support new services to meet the changing needs and expectations of library users. Major features include KidsStop and other innovative spaces, more public meeting rooms and a grand staircase to improve wayfinding and pedestrian circulation.
The new Ottawa central library will be located in the LeBreton Flats area and be of “national significance,” the stakeholders said in a press release. To read the complete announcement and the next steps in the process to select a design, please click here.
Diamond Schmitt Architects has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. The firm’s extensive portfolio includes commercial, institutional and residential buildings, performing arts centres, and healthcare facilities. Among current projects are a new campus for York University in Markham, the new home for the Senate of Canada, and the Collections, Curatorial and Conservation Centre for the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.