The 45-year-old branch library was completely renovated and enlarged with addition of a new Program room. The renovations updated functionality to accommodate current trends for media display, automated collection/sorting and new public/staff washrooms.
A variety of spaces are provided to meet needs of different user groups, including a children’s area with caban de sucre to acknowledge the French heritage of many users in the surrounding community. A central kiosk facilitates visual monitoring and public access for information.
Administrative rooms were relocated from the basement, and enlarged barrier-free washrooms provide needed improvements for staff and visitors. New entrance trellis and signage along with expanded exterior glazing where the word “library” is sandblasted in several languages, invite passers-by while expressing the nature of activities contained.
Addition + Renovation 2003 / Edmonton, AB
Work to the original 45-year old building involved a renovation to re-organize and modernize the interior, provide a welcoming barrier-free entrance, and an addition to provide multi-use program area.
The project maximizes usable space on the site and retains existing building elements in good condition as a cost-saving measure. Functions are organized around the circulation system, which invites users from the street with a curved semi-transparent wall, past the central media check that radiates outward to the book stacks and reading areas, and to the program room at the back. The functional program, design approach, and selection of building components were informed by the multi-cultural and youthful user demographic as well as the inner-city context.
The addition respects and integrates with the original modernist vocabulary in terms of expression, utilizing salvaged bricks and new aluminum curtain wall windows and spandrel panels. A spruce tree motif was designed into the front entrance ramp guard rail, providing a colourful sense of movement unique to this library branch.
Fort George + Buckingham House Visitor Reception Centre
1992 / Elk Point, AB
Located on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River on the original fur trading site, the building acts as the entry point to the archaeological remains / future re-created fort, and houses interpretive displays, gift shop, administration, and public washrooms.
Public spaces open onto a panoramic vista of the river valley. Materials and colours on the exterior and interior complement the natural environment and indoor displays, while respecting the need for long-term durability and low-maintenance.
Elk Island Beach Concession
1992 / Elk Island National Park, AB
The facility provides support for recreational activities in the park during fair-weather months. Features of the facility include large ground and clerestory level windows to bring views and natural light to the public area, a large covered outdoor seating area, and sliding barn-door panels to cover windows when the building is closed.
Consistent with its natural park setting, exterior materials consist of stained cedar siding roof shingles, doors and windows.
Elk Island Interpretive Support Facility
1983 / Elk Island National Park, AB
The year-round facility includes a 175 seat multi-use theatre, indoor-outdoor observation gallery, lobby / exhibit area, public washrooms, and basement storage and workshop space.
The plan welcomes visitors through a low-key entrance defined by splayed concrete retaining wall, leading through a skylit display lobby, into the circular tiered theatre, and exits onto the trellised observation area. The sloped roof, extended walls and natural materials serve to integrate with and complement the natural setting along Astotin Lake.