I was struck with the many kinds of spaces in the library. The Halifax Living Room of the top floor offered a spectacular view of the city but was also a quiet reading spaces. A couple chatted on one sofa while another person curled up in a chair with a book. It did have a living room feel. Students clustered in alcoves and lone researchers worked away on laptops in semiprivate alcoves. The coffee shops were alive with conversation. And people checked out books; lots of them. That is note worthy in such a high tech facility.
Some people will disagree with the design and style of the building. Others might chaff at the cost of such a space. I can see those concerns. I'm not usually a fan of monumental construction myself. I usually find an atrium a colossal waste of space (and I really hate skywalks). The openness of this space however adds to its appeal as a community place. I also admire the grandeur of the vision, something that Nova Scotia needs more of. It is more than the architectural feat. It is community building. It is something as a city we can be proud of. It is creating buzz. In a dying province we need that kind of thinking.
As I left the stood out front of the library waiting for my bus I came to a realization. I am tired of little visions. I want more grand visions; not just the same old tired ideas writ bigger. I want to be part of transforming visions. It needn't be buildings, but it needs to be outlandish. Thanks Judith Hare and your team for being doggedly persistent.
Enjoy the brief tour from CBC. But trust me, you'll want to check it out yourself.
"Halifax Central Library", http://www.halifaxcentrallibrary.ca/
"Piazza Navona", Giorgos, May 7, 2007, Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vintzileos/