KIMIA KALENTARI & HA YOUNG BANG
Parkdale Idea Exchange Library



The Idea Exchange becomes the central gathering space in the neighbourhood of West Queen West. Guided by planes that act as shelves, the circulation in the atrium is fluid and inclusive of all users. Characterized by four distinctive masses, the areas are divided for varying purposes of idea exchange.
The City of Toronto in consultation with the community has put out a proposal call (an RFP) asking for architects to assess several nearby sites for their viability to develop a new 6000m2 Municipal Branch Library and Community Hub.They are looking for a state of the art facility that is an architectural landmark and has associated public space at grade to create a welcoming civic environment.

Our project: The Idea Exchange becomes the central gathering space in the neighbourhood of West Queen West. Guided by planes that act as shelves, the circulation in the atrium is fluid and inclusive of all users. Characterized by four distinctive masses, the areas are divided for varying purposes of idea exchange.