New Central Library (+ toilets!)

I got a chance to check out the new Halifax Central Library this morning at the presser announcing the opening date. (December 13!) I plan to spend a lot of time in that building. I’m excited for it both as an environment for work, as a space for my kids to hang out, and as a space for our city. Every little thing is looked after, as far as I can tell. Excellent lighting, plenty of plugs and convertible spaces. The top-floor Livingroom is stunning. There are two cafes, one on the top floor with an exterior patio and one at street level. There is an entire floor for teens, with two soundproof recording studios, a mixing/editing room, gaming stations, work pods and little spots to sit.

As part of my personal toiteteering agenda, I dashed into the bathrooms and found pretty solid parity – three sinks, two urinals and two stalls in the men’s, and four sinks and seven stalls in the women’s. That’s almost 2:1 in favour of women and there are washrooms on every floor. Nice job, Halifax. Now, everyone who can should go to sharethewow.ca and finish off the funding. If you need inspiration, here are some shots from today…

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Snakey table.
Snakey table.
View up!
View up!
Mixing/editing space. Equipment soon….
Mixing/editing space. Equipment soon….
Chair-o-desk.
Chair-o-desk.
So much space. So much.
So much space. So much.
View north from the teen floor.
Teen floor programming space.
Teen floor programming space.

 

View up from the fourth floor.
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Windows forever.
View east from the Livingroom.
View east from the Livingroom.
Automated book sorter, main floor.

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Cliff Eyland's wall of awesomeness, main level.
Cliff Eyland’s wall of awesomeness, main level.

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Hogwarts, kinda.
Hogwarts, kinda.
Yep.
Yep.
One of the work pods.
First Nations circle.
First Nations circle.
Main entrance from above.
One of two soundproof recording studios. Equipment soon….
Main book sorting room.
Windows into the main book sorting room, one at child’s height. (Smart!)
Hall from the back row.
O’Regan Hall from the back row.
The chairs in the O’Regan Hall slide down and slot underneath the risers so the space can be a traditional auditorium or a bleachers-and-pillows arrangement, or half-and-half. Also, it can be split into two spaces, one for 100 people, the other side for 200 people.
View south from O’Regan Hall. Looks like good skateboarding.
Excited library-lover.
Excited library-lover.

 

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