RDHA’s Springdale Library wins ALA/IIDC Award

RDH Architects (RDHA) has won an International Interior Design Award for its design of Brampton’s Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park.

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This award, given bi-annually by the Chicago-based Commercial Interior Design Association, recognizes excellence in library interior design projects globally and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts.

The 25,000-square foot library includes areas for programs, quiet study, engaging activities and an imaginative children’s area all capped by a green roof.

The interiors, awash with natural light coming in from imaginative oculi create a bright and uplifting visitor experience. The park, designed in collaboration with NAK Design Strategies, is an extension of the community spaces inside with contemplative gardens, reflective pools, and a play area organized around text spelling out “imagine”.

Photo credit: Nic Lehoux

“We are grateful for this honour from the IIDA and the ALA. It is a testament to the Brampton Library, to the City, and to our team and collaborators – who supported this vision for a high-quality community gathering place. We look forward to the time that we can reunite and enjoy the library and park again,” says Tyler Sharp, RDHA Principal and Design Director.

In 2015, before the project was realized, the library received a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. In 2019, the building was presented with the Ontario Library Association Library Building Award, a Brampton Urban Design Award of Excellence and an Ontario CISC Steel Design Award. This year, Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park was the recipient of a National Urban Design Certificate of Merit.