Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2014 Recipient

The Bloor Gladstone Library
Toronto
ON
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

RDH Architects Inc./ Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.

Lead design architect(s): 

Tyler Sharp, MRAIC

The Bloor Gladstone Library project is a renovation and addition to a listed heritage library in downtown Toronto. The architects were commissioned to design for an additional 12,000 square feet, bringing the facilities to a standard consistent with a district library. This project transforms a dilapidated and dysfunctional heritage library into a functioning, interactive, contemporary institution. The quality of finish, detail and design resolution elevates the community library to a level commensurate with other significant cultural institutions. This enhancement illustrates the fundamental importance of access to information in the world’s largest library system, the Toronto Public Library.

Jury Comment(s): 

"This renovation and expansion of a distinctive historical library stands out for being both creative and respectful. The design re-imagines the entranceway and body of the original structure, adds a minimal glass addition and creates an intimate courtyard in the process."

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Photo: Steven Evans Photography

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