Michael McKee
Project Architect for Moshe Safdie and Associates

City of Vancouver

Total Area 650,000 sq. ft
Budget $109,000,000(c)

Status Opened 1995


Central Public Library, retail and service facilities (350,000 sf), Federal Offices (300,000 sf), Public Plaza, 700 below grade parking spaces.
Library Square
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Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver, British Columbia
Containing Vancouver’s Central Public Library, a Federal Office Tower, and retail and service facilities, Library Square occupies a city block in downtown Vancouver. Designed as a public place with a civic identity, Library Square is an open and inviting addition to the heart of Vancouver. Centered on the block, the library volume is a seven story rectangular box containing book stacks and services, surrounded by a freestanding elliptical colonnaded wall featuring reading and study areas that are accessed by bridges spanning skylit light wells. To the east, a glass roofed room serves as an entry foyer to the library and houses lively retail activities at ground level. A continuous piazza surrounds the Library, with parking below grade.