TORONTO – A fast-growing community on the outskirts of Toronto has opened an expanded multi-purpose facility designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects. The Whitchurch Stouffville Library and Leisure Centre adds 43,000 square feet of library, aquatics and recreational program, more than doubling the size of the previous building.
Central to the design is a ‘main street’ public spine that provides strong visual connection and transparency to the various activity areas as well as to the Leisure Centre’s park setting.
The new library organizes collections, lounge and reading spaces around a central atrium – an outdoor venue for reading and relaxing. Activity areas include an enlarged children’s area, an adult program room and fireside lounge, a teen area and lounge, a maker space, a music studio, as well as a variety of study rooms and dedicated meeting spaces.
“The intent is to make the library an inviting and active area at the heart of the facility,” said Jarle Lovlin, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
The 20,000-square-foot expansion to the recreational facilities includes a new fitness room with a training area, a Cycle–fit studio and aerobics studio. A full gymnasium with a sprung floor and views of the ‘main street’ and landscaped grounds complements the training area. The existing Aquatics area has a new viewing gallery flanking the western edge of the pools.
Another new addition to the Leisure Centre is the Latcham Art Centre, approximately 4,000 square feet adjacent to the main lobby with a dedicated multi-purpose room.
The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville said recent growth has increased demand for leisure activities in the area. This is the first expansion to the Centre since it opened in 2001.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto with studios in Vancouver and New York City. An extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, post-secondary facilities, and residential, institutional and commercial buildings. Current projects include a new campus for York University in Markham, Ontario and Robarts Common, the expansion of the largest academic library in Canada at University of Toronto. The firm is shortlisted for the design of the new Ottawa central library.