REX proposes cluster strategy for calgary's new central library
DNA sequencing: we observed that the project’s summary of required components—the functional program—was already ordered in CMLC’s desired patron sequence through the building. stacking these components vertically forms the basis for a plausible, highly organized building section. the most publicly accessible functions—retail concourse and public forum—are shifted to straddle the tracks of calgary’s light rail transit that bisect the site, thus activating the currently desolate surrounding streets. the future expansion space is stacked adjacent to the main collection for maximum flexibility: it can provide growth space for the main collection or, should the future expansion house its own program, immediate adjacency and access to the collection. building operations sit at grade for accessibility from the proposed service route. the four sections of the main collection—the center for community excellence; science, health, and arts; my calgary; and fiction and literature—occupy individual floors, but their programs are combed and placed in the same zone on each floor to create vertical clarity: there is now a reading room, a books box, and a rooms box. the staff work areas are aligned over the typologically-similar rooms box. the learning commons slides between the main collection and future library expansion to increase its interface with the core library resources.