Albion District Library
Square Footage: 29,000
At 29,000 square feet, the Albion District Library is one of the most well used of all the Toronto Public Libraries and serves a diverse neighbourhood population. Given the high needs nature of the community, closing down the library for renovation was not an option. In response to the community outcry, Perkins+Will proposed building a new Library on the adjacent parking lot site which would allow the existing Library to remain open and in use throughout construction. Once completed the existing Library would be demolished and the parking lot and landscaping would be rebuilt on the existing Library site.
Located along Albion Road, just west of Kipling Avenue, the new Albion District Library will house a Children's Area, a Computer Learning Centre, and a Digital Innovation + Maker Space (including a 3D printer and Urban Living Room). Innovative sustainability principles and advanced technologies are an integral part of the design, including a sloping green roof will guide rainwater into the adjacent courtyards. The new parking lot will also be designed as a multi-use space, functioning as a parking lot during the day for normal operating hours and serving as a community event space for special occasions.