of Canada award winner
Richmond Public Library, Ironwood Plaza Branch
A library environment unlike any other built before it.
Create a space that combines elements of retail and entertainment design,
while accommodating the latest in technology. The library serves a broad,
multi-cultural community, therefore it was necessary to design a layout
that's easy for all to understand with a minimal amount of signage.
DH Designs' solution:
To meet these challenges, DH Designs worked with Kasian Kennedy Gardner
- lay out the space in a sweeping curve, to make the
entire branch visible to the customer upon entering
- enhance this impression by making the stairwell and
elevator core transparent
- use different finishes and variations in lighting
levels to define feature areas such as:
- popular reading section;
- Chinese language section;
- living room area, with soft seating, fireplace
and beverage services;
- computer training room;
- children's area, featuring story-telling barn
to reflect the area's agricultural heritage; and
- quiet study area.
- install specialized lighting for extended computer
usage (the library has 50 terminals for access to the Internet and the
latest on-line reference technology).
Richmond Public Library & The City of Richmond
Kasian Kennedy Gardner Architects
Construction & Millwork Ltd.
Furniture & Fixtures:
Heritage Office Furnishings, Bury Media, Krug Furniture & Interwest
Ed White Photographics
information kiosks and non-fiction stacks
area and internet bar
area featuring the story telling barn
and Chinese material area