The Bloor/Gladstone Branch Library Renovations and Addition. Toronto, Ontario. Completed 2009
RDH, in association with Shoalts & Zaback Architects and ERA Architects, were commissioned to renovate, restore and expand the existing Heritage Library, doubling its size to meet the current Toronto public Library Standards of a District Library. The new design retains the main public entrance at its existing location, but in order to meet current barrier-free standards the exterior and interior stairs will be removed and the public will now enter at the lowest level, approximately 450mm below the elevation of the existing public sidewalk.
The addition is designed as a complementary foil to the Heritage building, with large areas of glass facing Bloor Street, a main commercial street in downtown Toronto, expressing a more current idea of a library as an open and engaging community meeting place.
Library program components include a children's section, teen area, computer access centre, open study carrels, quiet study areas, group study rooms, lounge areas with soft seating, large and small meeting rooms, and a significantly expanded book, magazine and media collection.
Awards and Publications:
2011 PUG Awards : Recipient of the Paul Oberman Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Architecture and Design.
2011 Ontario Association of Architects Award for Design Excellence
2011 Architizer - "Top 10 : Books a Million" -
Bloor Gladstone listed as one Architizer's
top ten international libraries.
2011 Architectural Record - "Building Types Study", USA.
2011 Architektur Magazine - "Ziegelarchitecktur versus Glaskubus", Austria.
2010 Design Exchange Gold Medal for Institutional Architecture
2010 Best of Canada Award - Canadian Interiors
2010 Heritage Toronto Awards - Honourable Mention
2010 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award
2010 Ontario Library Association Award of Excellence
2010 "Masterpieces in Library Architecture" - Feature Project.
2007 Honourable Mention - Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence