Toronto library re-opens after renovation

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 16:24

The Brentwood Library recently re-opened after the completion of a two-year renovation. World Interior Design Network reports that the two-story building was originally built in 1955 and since then, it has served the regional community well, but was unable to meet demand from a growing user base.

Space has been increased by about 30 percent with a three-story addition including a double-height reading room that accommodates the library's main book collection and seating areas. In addition, a 90-seat community room has been added with a quiet study area so that public functions may be booked. To increase the attractiveness of the function room, a kitchen and audio-visual equipment were included in the design to meet a variety of needs.

For locals looking for a place to introduce their kids to books, a KidsStop interactive literacy center was added so that there would be a meeting place for the various story-time activities that are geared to different age groups because of children's different reading levels.

In addition to the plentiful space and aesthetic appeal of the structure, architects made sure to build the library incorporating high-performing technologies and materials. For example, a radiant heating system was included in the design of the property so that operational expenses associated with warming the building are decreased.

By installing radiant heating the library could decrease its heating expenses without negatively impacting the experience a user may have in the building. Comfort can act as a huge draw for those looking to use library services, which is why a low setting due to heating costs could make people run for the door after spending scant time in the space.