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Ottawa just unveiled plans for a new public library and the design is breathtaking

Ottawa is known for many things — it's Canada's capital city, obviously; it's home to the iconic Smudge the Cat meme; and now, it's about to boast a super fancy library.

Ottawa's new library will cost $192.9 million dollars to build, and it's easy to see why. It won't be cheap to bring the library's ambitious, jaw-dropping design to life.

The organic architecture and large glass windows — built with fritted glass to prevent bird collisions — are a nod to Ottawa's beautiful coniferous forests.

The five-storey building will contain a recording studio, a café, a gallery, a children's discovery centre, an Indigenous space to showcase culture and a restaurant on the top floor with beautiful views over the city.

The building will also make an effort to be sustainable. The wood for the ceilings and staircases will be locally sourced, and the building will feature a green roof.

The new library will be located at 55 Albert St., next to Confederation Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021, with the new library opening in 2024.

This will be the fourth Canadian flagship library to open in recent years, with Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax opening new libraries to mixed reviews.

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Ottawa Public Library


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