One of the fixtures in Canada's capital city is getting a major upgrade. The newest designs for the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility have been unveiled. The new building is going to be a huge improvement filled with modern touches.

The event to reveal the new look was attended by Mayor Jim Watson, Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board.

Some of the building's newest features will include a genealogy centre, reading rooms, a central town hall, and even a rooftop terrace and cafe. 

The community space's new design was an ambitious project undertaken through a public co-design process. Ottawa residents, indigenous communities, and people across the country were asked for their input. Ideas from over 4000 Canadians helped to shape the building's look.

The exterior of the building takes its inspiration from Ottawa's natural beauty, including the escarpment and surrounding greenery.

Even its shape was modelled to resemble the Ottawa river. Inside, giant windows will offer amazing views of the Gatineau hills.

Three-dimensional renderings created by Donald Schmitt, Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects and Lead Architect for the project, show every facet of the facility's architecture.

"We are very proud to be revealing the design for an iconic building that truly represents the evolution of libraries as centres of knowledge and culture around the world," Schmitt said at the event.

The location is expected to open by late 2024, so there's still a few years before residents can enjoy what the new Ottawa Public Library has to offer.

"I want to thank everyone involved in this process for their input, their work and their creativity in helping us create this world-class destination for residents and visitors," Mayor Jim Watson said.

"The inspirational design showcases how this facility is more than just a building with books; it will be a welcoming gathering space for us all.”

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