Folding Paper & Flipping Pages


Kevin Wong

ARCH 500

Located at the northwest corner of Robson and Broughton streets, this neighborhood library’s roof form is inspired by the art of origami, with simple folds allowing for access to the living green roof from Robson Street beneath the shade of an existing big leaf maple tree. This not only adds a unique visual element to the library's design, but also provides a viewing platform for all the festivities on Robson Street. As you enter the library, you'll be greeted by a tranquil courtyard featuring a tree and reflective pool. This courtyard serves as much-needed green open space and a community gathering place for the neighborhood. The switchback circulation of the building is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, designed to promote accessibility while also encouraging visitors to slow down and take their time in the fast-paced world.