Diamond Schmitt Architects, in collaboration with Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects, has finished the expansion and renovation of the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. The $27 million project updates and expands the 1960s facility by introducing natural light throughout the core and adding features that address modern-day learning environments.
Anchored by a helical mahogany staircase, the five-story library features nine new reading rooms, interactive study rooms with large touch-screen monitors and two treadmills with desks, a video gaming lab, a “discovery center” with digital media labs, and additional group and graduate study rooms. A future music resource center will host small concerts on a piano beneath a circular skylight.
“We have to move beyond the traditional ways of learning and support creativity, teamwork, and entrepreneurship. That’s what this building does,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, said at the reopening ceremony. “The building is extremely functional, and it really is a beautiful space.”