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This new library in Canada just won a major international design award

A library and adjacent park located in Brampton, Ontario were just recognized with an International Design Award. 

Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park were designed by Toronto-based studio RDH Architects, and they just received the award from The Commercial Interior Design Association located in Chicago. 

The award "honours excellence in library interior design and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts," according to the IIDA website.

The relatively new public space, which opened its doors in 2018, includes a 26,000-square-foot suburban public library, a contemplative garden, a neighbourhood park and splash pad. 

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Aerial perspective of the outdoor area surrounding the library

It's framed by a commercial plaza to the east, Bramalea Road to the south and a natural ravine to the north and west.

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The exterior of Springdale Library

"The conceptual approach combines two formal devices to create an experiential relationship to the project's greenfield setting: an undulating, organic sectional topography, and the perimeter elaboration of a simple plan volume to weave together indoor and outdoor spaces," notes the design studio's website

The library itself is full of natural light and includes several spaces for quiet working as well as special programming and activities. 

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One of the indoor public spaces

The park, which was also designed by NAK Design Strategies, features reflective pools and a playground where statues of the letters in the word "Imagine" are scattered around. 

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 Komagata Maru Park

Springdale Library is one of 27 2020 Library Interior Design Award winners, all of which were selected by a jury of design professionals.

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Aerial view of Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park

In addition to this prestigious acknowledgement, the public library has also been awarded the 2020 National Urban Design Certificate of Merit, the 2019 Brampton Urban Design Award of Excellence, the 2019 CISC Award of Excellence, the 2019 OLA Library Building Award and the 2015 Canadian Architect Award for Design Excellence

Photos by

Nic Lehoux via RDH Architects


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