January 18, 2016 6:28 pm
Updated: January 18, 2016 9:22 pm

Sneak peek at Stanley A. Milner Revitalization project

WATCH ABOVE: You might call it an extreme makeover. New images show what the city's main library could look like by the end of the decade. Vinesh Pratap reports.


EDMONTON — It’s being called a futuristic design for a cutting edge library. Edmonton Public Library released pictures of what the Stanley A. Milner Library may look like after its $62.5 million revitalization.

EPL CEO Pilar Martinez believes a combination of metals, concrete and glass will create a sense of curiosity and peak the imagination of Edmontonians.

“An iconic, sort of, really beautiful architecturally appealing building that will attract people throughout the space.”

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The design will incorporate a lot of natural light and provide easier access for those with mobility issues or concerns. Inside, the design will triple the size of the children’s library, add more quiet study and community meeting spaces and an expansion of makerspace.

READ MORE: Edmonton Public Library launches makerspace

Martinez is also excited about a simulation wall modelled after “The Cube” – a digital interactive learning display at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. It will allow people to touch the screen and learn about initiatives from our city’s recycling program and the river valley.

It’s hoped construction will begin next year with the grand opening in 2019 – 2020. To get there, however, the Edmonton Public Library will have to raise $10 million from the community. While a campaign hasn’t been launched, Martinez called it an achievable goal with some significant donations already in place.

More details are expected to be released in a report to the City’s Community Services branch by the end of February.



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