Panels & Furniture Asia Jul/Aug 2020

July / August 2020, Issue 4 | Panels & Furniture Asia DESIGN | 59 Calgary Central Library – where Ice and Timber meet The Calgary Central Library is sited within a complex urban condition, where a fully operational Light Rail Transit Line crosses the site from above to below ground on a curved half- moon path, dividing Downtown and East Village. I n response, the design, led by Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, lifts the main entry over the encapsulated train line. Gently terraced slopes rise up to the heart of the building, welcoming people arriving from every direction to the library. The dynamic, triple-glazed façade is composed of a modular, hexagonal pattern that expresses the library’s aims to provide a space that invites in all visitors. Aggregated variations on the hexagon form scatter across the building’s curved surface in alternating panels of fritted glass and occasional iridescent aluminum.