This is a project by Hariri Pontarini Architects and it is located at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Project's program: Renovation and interior design of public library. There are four images for Pape Danforth Library.
Toronto Public Library’s Pape/Danforth Branch, initially designed by Moorehouse & King Architects, first opened its doors in 1929. It later underwent several renovations and was retrofitted in 1977 and 1983 by Sankey Partnership Architects and William Woodworth Architects, respectively, to accommodate its growing collections. The final renovation on the branch was completed in August 2006 by Hariri Pontarini Architects. This current renovation was undertaken with a desire to maintain the architectural integrity of the historical building envelope while re-connecting the library to the street.
Hariri Pontarini Architects’ renovations to this neighbourhood library involved reworking the interiors of the original Pape Street building, while maintaining the integrity of the historic building envelope and increasing the branch’s street presence with a fresh face, large windows and improved signage. The restored façade features carefully-selected materials that are characteristic to the original, as well as the careful addition of stone and timber. A stone ramp and teak front door lend the entrance distinction and barrier-free access. Above, copper for the canopy gives warmth from its colour and patina. By re-configuring the main entrance to replace the old North Bay window, the library now has an impressive entrance and barrier-free access.
Accessibility is also increased through the inclusion of a new full-sized elevator that connects all three floors, and improved circulation routes and reference systems throughout. A prominent wooden staircase folds up from wooden floor as one seamless, elegant element. New open zones are designed to encourage interactivity and allow accessibility. This is achieved with the extensive use of glass and the installation of custom-designed bookshelves and window benches, which act as low partitions giving access to street views and the city. This custom furniture features rift-cut white oak for durability and a soft aesthetic. In order to maximize natural lighting, the alterations include the addition of skylights and bay windows, which also provide passers-by with a lively glimpse of the warmth and activities inside the building.