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Snøhetta wins Calgary library contest

Oslo-based Snøhetta is to design a new central library for Calgary in Canada

The practice, which also has offices in New York, will work with Canadian architects Dialog on the CAD$245 million (£145 million) scheme.

The winning partnership saw off competition from 38 other teams from around the world to be awarded the high profile project.

The New Central Library will be designed with flexible, specialised and community-oriented spaces in a building that is two-thirds bigger than the city’s existing 1960s and 1970s library. 

It will include a collection of 600,000 books; special programmes and spaces for children and teens; a technology area; a laboratory for innovation; and a skills development centre.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2014 and the facility is scheduled to open by 2018.

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s selection committee included former editor of Canadian Architect Magazine Ian Chodikoff and Jim Barnes of Foster + Partners.

Craig Dykers, founding partner at Snøhetta, said: ‘We’re ready and incredibly excited to get going.

‘With our local partner, Dialog, we bring a unique set of local, national and international experiences which will guide our thinking for Calgary’s New Central Library.’

Snøhetta recently completed a Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.







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