Design of new super library to be unveiled Jan. 23

MEGAN GILLIS Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Public Library on Metcalfe Street in Ottawa Tuesday Feb 27, 2018.Tony Caldwell TONY CALDWELL / POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Get a peek at plans of the LeBreton Flats super library – including a video walk through and a large 3D model –  this Thursday.

The City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada will reveal the architectural design for the $192.9-million Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility slated to open in late 2024.

The event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery located at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge.

The architects who designed the facility will be on hand to talk to the public.

The 216,000-square-foot joint facility designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects will be built at 555 Albert St. between Pimisi Station and Bronson Avenue.

The Ottawa Public Library will take up up 61 per cent of the five-story building, which the project estimates will be visited by 4,000 to 5,000 people a day.

A rough idea of the building’s basic shape was revealed last fall along with plans including an outdoor children’s space and a rooftop café along with an emphasis on energy savings and accessibility to people with mobility challenges.

-with files from Jon Willing

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