Springdale Library And Neighbourhood Park
Awards of Excellence Winner
Springdale Library and Neighbourhood Park
This project creates a new branch library and community park for the neighbourhood of Springdale, in the City of Brampton, just outside Toronto. The building provides 1860 square metres of library program space along with a 465-square-metre multi-purpose community room. The neighbourhood park includes areas for children’s play equipment, a splash pad, parking and a contemplative garden.
The four-acre greenfield site is bordered by Bramalea Road to the south, a new commercial plaza to the east, and a natural ravine to the north and west. The ravine forms part of the tributary system for the West Humber River.
To connect the building to its landscape, the conceptual parti uses two primary devices: first, the notion of an organic, undulating perimeter joining building and courtyards; and second, the creation of an artificial topography within the flat landscape of the park, the floor slab of the interior, and the ceiling and roof planes of the library structure.
Responding to the library’s request, the new facility is located as close to Bramalea Road as possible. This maximizes the library’s street presence, and forces parking to the rear of the site, adjacent to the new entry drive and commercial plaza. The remainder of the site—immediately next to the ravine—provides an ideal location for the neighbourhood park with its contemplative gardens.
The building and façades work together towards two seemingly opposing strategies: they aim to be formally controlled and formally expressive. The building envelope is amorphous, undulating in and out to create entry and procession spaces from the street, parking and contemplative gardens. These undulations represent one aspect of how the building expressively relates to its natural, organic setting.
On the other hand, the building footprint is controlled and contained within the overall triangular form. The negative spaces of the triangle convey a sense of order, while serving to provide canopy, lighting and screening functions, and to define three perimeter courtyard spaces.
The layers of the façade are predominantly vertical and consist of the following: the undulating perimeter of glass; a striated, solar-responsive ceramic frit pattern; an aluminum framing system that supports the glazed units; a series of linear LED light fixtures integrated into the aluminum framing system; and, finally, a screen of stainless steel tubes on the exterior. This last element provides an additional layer of solar resistance, varying in density depending on solar orientation. The combination of these vertically striated elements is conceived as a functional abstraction of two combined metaphors: the trunks of trees in a forest and the turning pages of a library book.
From a distance, the roof is shaped to present a hill-like profile. Inside, this area is accompanied by a topographic ceiling ascension marking the skylight over the active reading atrium. A quiet reading atrium is delineated by a minor ceiling rise, while the ceiling descends over a children’s area to create a sense of intimacy.
CLIENT City of Brampton and Brampton Library
ARCHITECT TEAM Tyler Sharp, Bob Goyeche, Sanjoy Pal, Simon Routh, Carlos Tavares, Soo-Jin Rim, Andrew Cranford
STRUCTURAL Halsall/WSP Engineers
MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL Jain Consultants
LANDSCAPE NAK Design Group
CIVIL Valdor Engineering Inc.
AREA 2,500 m²
BUDGET $17 M
COMPLETION March 2017