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Windsor Park Public Library

Address:1195 Archibald Street
Use:Public Library
Architects:David Penner with h5 architecture

More Information

The new Windsor Park Public Library at 1195 Archibald Street was designed by David Penner Architect with h5 architecture and built at a cost of $4.9-million. Opened in March 2018, the new library replaces the 1961 Windsor Park Library at 955 Cottonwood Road. Not only does the structure meet the City of Winnipeg access standards, it was designed to meet LEED silver certification, exceeding the provincial standards for energy efficiency.

The 8000-square-foot, triangular building features floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing a significant flow of natural light. Inside, a collection of 25,000 books, movies, and music is stored. There is also a mosaic mural of 60,000 ceramic tiles, created by local artist Simon Hughes. When you step outside to the back of the library, you will encounter an outdoor reading spot and a surrounding of trees.

The library was part of the city’s larger public library redevelopment strategy. The opening was marked with a ceremonial shelving of books as opposed to the more traditional ribbon cutting.

Design Characteristics

Size:8000 sq ft
Suburb:Windsor Park
  • Triangular building
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass
  • Mosaic mural by local artist Simon Hughes