In the City of Brampton, about 45 minutes west of Toronto, the Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park provides the suburban community with a new public library and community park. RDHA’s goal was to create an inclusive gathering place, a counterpoint to the otherwise flat suburban area, and a point of pride for the city.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view © Nic Lehoux
▼建筑一侧，one side of the project © Nic Lehoux
The project site was physically constrained, framed by a commercial plaza to the east, a main road to the south, and a natural ravine to the north and west. The architects positioned the library as close to the street as possible, in order to solidify the building’s presence with the street, preserve the site’s natural topography and irrigation patterns, and channel interior views towards the ravine. This siting also maximized room in the rear for a neighbourood park, and a parking and drop-off sequence with a canopied entry forecourt.
▼前院入口，entry forecourt © Nic Lehoux
▼临街草坪休息区，street lawn lounge area © Nic Lehoux
▼建筑外的水池，the tank outside the building © Nic Lehoux
▼半露天休息区，semi-open lounge areag © Nic Lehoux
▼后院公园，Backyard park © Nic Lehoux
▼喷水池及儿童游乐区，fountain and children’s a area © Nic Lehoux
RDHA designed a project that would be as much about a building as it is about establishing a landscape: from the organically shaped perimeter that joins building and courtyards; and the creation of an undulating topography between the fluidly shaped ceiling and mountainous green roof; and the sloping floor slab of the interior and the flat landscape of the park. The park is comprised of a series of terraced contemplative gardens for older users as well as a splashpad and childrens’ play area organized around the word “Imagine.” The five-metre-high letters are oriented in both horizontal and vertical planes and become an interactive feature for the children to discover.
▼图书馆大楼，the library building © Nic Lehoux
▼图书空间，library program space © Nic Lehoux
▼儿童阅读区，children reading aera © Nic Lehoux
▼多功能区，the multi-purpose room © Nic Lehoux
The interior program is comprised of 20,000 square feet of library program space, combined with a 5,000 square foot community multi-purpose room. Each element of the library, detailed in scope, highlights RDHA’s practice of applying conventional budgets and materials to design unconventional buildings.
the space is open and bright, with a strong sense of design © Nic Lehoux
Expressing inclusivity, innovation, dedication to learning, collaboration, curiosity, courage and accountability the new building reflects the vision of the institution. Seamlessly integrating universal design principals, and targeting a LEED Gold rating, the building demonstrates the highest levels of achievement in both dignity and sustainable design.
▼场地平面，site plan © RDHA
▼项目平面，plan © RDHA
▼剖面图，sections © RDHA
Official project name: Springdale Library
Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Client: City of Brampton
Date of Completion: Summer 2019
Area: 26,000 sf (2,418 sm)
Construction Budget: $16,670,000
Photography Credit: Nic Lehoux