A Toronto library will weave traditional Indigenous customs with advanced technology and sustainable practices

In Toronto’s Woodbine Gardens neighborhood, a new library and community center will provide resources for those who call the area home today while simultaneously honoring the traditions, heritage, and precedent of those who rightfully own the land upon which it stands. Rising three stories, the new building promises something special for a wearied, residential neighborhood marked by disjointed building scales and a diverse population. Indigenous- and woman-owned firm Smoke Architecture and Perkins&Will’s Toronto office collaborated on the project, which modernizes typologies from Indigenous architecture and couples them with technology and building materials to design a new, net-zero landmark.

Located on Dawes Road between Chapman

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