Queen's University Library
Queen's University Library
Competition: Lost

Moshe Safdie Associates participated in a limited design competition for a new library at Queen's University. Their solution proposed a five-storey structure containing book stacks at the centre of the scheme, and to surround this structure with a series of smaller spaces for study, carrels, seminar rooms, offices, and special collections. Framing the book stacks were daylit galleries that helped to direct movement within the stacks and lead to intimate study areas at the periphery. The overall transparency of the library would symbolize the accessibility of knowledge. Images on this page: 1 Elevation view of model; 2 Aerial view of model Kingston, Ontario, Canada