While the city has been preoccupied by heavy snowfall, progress has been moving steadily along at the New Central Library, Calgary's most anticipated facility to open its doors in less than a month. Set for its debut on November 1, the New Central Library is now structurally complete, with work crews now busying themselves on finishing touches to the interior spaces, exterior landscaping, and public art installations. 

New Central Library, pulling into harbour, image by Forum contributor 1875

Viewed above, the Snøhetta-designed structure has an undeniable boatlike presence, the library appearing like a cruise liner pulling into harbour. In place of portholes, the library has been given a geometric facade of spandrel and glass, the latter forming the windows which will eventually flood the interior spaces with natural light. 

New Central Library, tracks on 7 Ave SE, image by Forum contributor 1875

Reading rooms aside, the library has been placed upon the path of an active LRT line, the CTrain to be a constant presence as it passes through the lower levels of the structure. While passengers will not be able to board or disembark, the availability of the nearby City Hall station will serve those looking to visit the library by transit. 

New Central Library, public art, image by Forum contributor 1875

Above, the installation of various public art pieces have already begun to add some whimsy to the grounds, bringing a splash of colour to the otherwise muted tones of the building. Landscaping is almost complete, the library to be in good shape by the time of its grand opening. 

SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below. 

Related Companies:  Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Calgary Public Library, Snøhetta