Bradford West Gwillimbury Library and Cultural Centre

Where the stories of the community come to life.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Library And Cultural Centre

The bright and spacious Bradford Library places a full service-library, town archives, community lecture/recital space, and exhibition gallery around an airy, two-and-a-half storey atrium. As a part of the proposed Civic Centre Master Plan, the library features maximum natural lighting, efficient circulation and mechanical design which meets innovative LEED Gold Certification. The library is planned to anchor a future outdoor plaza and a multi-season garden for community enjoyment.


Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury


A component of the 2.06 ha proposed Civic Centre Master Plan along Holland Street.


40,000 square feet of full service library space including a heritage and culture centre, town archives, exhibition gallery and community recital / lecture hall for seats.

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Design Details

Light and air predominate the central atrium, breathing a sense of openness while serving as an environmental design feature towards reaching LEED Silver Certification. The prominent use of wood cements the elemental references in the space and further hints at the eco-friendliness of the design. An alternating rhythm of stone and glass building materials along the sunny faces of the Centre carve out niches and alcoves for reading spaces, study areas, lounges and program rooms.


Use of building

The Bradford Library & Cultural Centre functions, at its core, as a meeting space in turn serving its purpose for the people. Quiet individual contemplation or a raucous community event, both find space and opportunity for a range of users to animate, populate and use the Centre for their own creative and scholarly endeavours.


Design Process

Moving quickly from concept to schematic design, contract approvals and finally construction, opening and use, the design, planning and delivery of the Centre highlights BNC’s quick and effective process while staying budget conscious.


As a part of the Civic Centre Master Plan, also planned by Bogdan Newman Caranci Inc., the design of the Library and Cultural Centre builds upon the initial master plan. The design concept originates from simple rectangular building shapes united by a deep projection of the horizontal roof plane. Floors and spaces were planned and laid out with guidance and consultation from the Head Librarian for efficiency and organization.


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