Calgari's new central library is a futuristic cultural hub
Casalgrande Padana’s porcelain stoneware tiles from the Cemento collection results in a striking visual at the library
The new Central Library in Calgary houses over 450,000 books and 30 multi-purpose rooms, including an auditorium, a café, outdoor squares, a children’s library, and a recording studio. Sixteen thousand citizens contributed their ideas for the design of this knowledge hub for cultural and educational activities, studying, and social gathering. The library is located in a strategic position between Downtown and East Village.
Spread across six floors, the lower floors of the library are dedicated to social activities, whereas the higher floors house the study areas. The Great Reading Room on the top floor provides space for focused study and inspiration.
The floors of the reading and multi-purpose rooms are covered with Casalgrande Padana’s 30x60 cm porcelain stoneware tiles from the Cemento collection in Grigio Rasato. These tiles were chosen for their texture and technical features, including their excellent footfall and wear resistance, durability, and easy cleaning and maintenance.
A dynamic, triple-glazed façade clads the entire building. It is composed of a modular, hexagonal pattern and an arch clad with western red cedar from nearby British Columbia. Aggregated variations on the hexagon form results in familiar shapes, such as an open book or a snowflake. These visual effects continue inside the building, where sturdy wooden slats spiral up to 30 metres high, lining the perimeter of the open ellipse-shaped atrium.