The American Institute of Architects’ 2020 Architecture Awards program celebrates the best contemporary architecture and highlights the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives. The nine-member jury selects submissions that demonstrate design achievement, including a sense of place, purpose, history, and environmental sustainability.
One winner in the Western United States and Canada region is the Calgary Central Library in Calgary, Alberta. The architects for this project were Snøhetta and DIALOG.
On a former brownfield infill site in rapidly expanding Calgary, this new library plays a vital role and can accommodate more than twice as many annual visitors as the facility it replaced. Fitting seamlessly into the complex urban condition surrounding it, the library boasts a generous 75,000 square feet of entry plaza and outdoor amphitheater that allows its lively programming to spill outside.
To read more about the winners and to see photos, please visit www.aia.org.