South-End Community Library

D5 - Architectural/Interior

Designer: Credits: Principal / Project Architect: Louis Bélanger; Lead Design Architect: Amber Salach; Lead Technical Staff: Bill Boudreau; Costing: Tony Niro; Construction Administration: Marcel Martin // Consultants: Civil Engineering: EXP Engineering; Structural Engineering: Halsall Associates Inc; Mechanical Engineering: LKM SNC Lavalin Ltd; Electrical Engineering: LKM SNC Lavalin Ltd

Agency: Yallowega Bélanger Architecture

Description: The South End Library, located on Regent Street, was designed to modernize the notion of what a library in Sudbury can be. We re-invented it’s function and created new opportunities for visitors to engage with one another as well as with books. All this was accomplished while creating a facility that will be adaptable to changing technology for years to come. The big design moves for the facility were dictated by the site itself. Bound on its back edge by an industrial area and a major public thoroughfare on another, the natural response was to design to embrace the street frontage and surrounding landscapes - creating an open, welcoming entrance space with grand views and placing the less transparent parts of the facility toward the industrial, edgier views. This allowed for two large, rectilinear shapes to form, contrasting one another with varying proportions and scale - again, the lighter, brighter version in a more public location and the heavier piece toward the back. Wrapped in contemporary materials and colours, the facade makes use of large, open windows which allow for natural light to infiltrate the interior spaces with ease.

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