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October 19, 2022
Formline Architecture + Urbanism, Chevalier Morales architectes, and Architecture49 have designed Saskatoon’s new central library, inspired by the traditional First Nation and Métis architecture to bring reconciliation and sustainability to the forefront.
The most visible influence from Indigenous architecture is seen in the exterior facade at the building’s north end, designed to resemble the opening in a tipi, creating a welcoming entrance to the building.
A First Nation tipi is a tent-like structure with a pointed tip and a conical shape built from lodgepoles, with animal hides forming its skin, letting in diffused natural light.
The library’s envelope has been designed similarly, with the use of transparent, translucent, and opaque triple-glazed windows, which will let in natural light and provide better energy efficiency due to improved insulation. Sensors installed in the building will be able to dim the artificial light in areas of profuse natural light.
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