Vancouver Public Library Central Branch

When it first opened in 1995, the top two floors of the iconic Central Library were leased to the provincial government. After a renovation 23 years later, the original concept of an accessible rooftop garden opened to the public.

The architects Moshe Safdie & Associates and DA Architects were retained for the expansion along with renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.

Partial height walls with privacy glass allow natural daylight to penetrate across the floor and maintain acoustic privacy. VanAir Doors were used extensively to exhaust air from office rooms, meeting rooms and an 80 person auditorium.

The expansion was made possible through investments from the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver, including generous support from donors to the Vancouver Public Library Foundation. With over 5,000 visitors a day, the Central Library is the most visited major urban library per capita in Canada.

Project hightlights
  • Renovation of the top two floors
  • Extensive glazing on exterior walls
  • Partial height interior walls for daylighting
  • Over 60 VanAir doors used to facilitate air movement