Consulting Architects: Moffat Kinoshita Associates Inc. (contract document phase)
Size: 230,000 s.f.
The winning entry in a national design competition, the Joseph S. Stauffer Library and Computing Centre implements the vision of Queen’s University to establish a library system for the 21st century. The project houses a collection of approximately one and a half million volumes within a fully networked environment containing digital information resources including Internet access.
The project offers a contemporary interpretation of collegiate architecture to respond to the historic campus context. The architecture is inspired by the vertical proportion and rich silhouette of academic architecture at Queen’s as well as European and North American precedents. Traditional forms and materials are translated in a modern idiom conditioned by contemporary building methods, materials and systems.
The building occupies the northwest corner of the principal campus intersection at Union Street and University Avenue. An octagonal stone and glass element announces the main entrance to the library. A central stack building organizes the plan and soars above a series of smaller perimeter building elements that accommodate reading rooms. A skylit circulation spine clarifies the sectional organization of the plan.
The exterior material palette of limestone masonry, wood and metal refers to the history of limestone architecture in Kingston. Inside, cherry wood, painted metal and stone bandings are used to evoke the warmth and richness of collegiate architecture. The colour palette comprises buff yellow, lavender blue and terra cotta red, variations on the Queen’s tricolor theme. Custom-designed furnishings incorporate wire management to provide desktop power and data delivery to all user positions.
99 University Avenue, Kingston
Thomas Payne (partner-in-charge), Chris Couse, David Pontarini (associate architects), Alan Vihant, Andrew Dyke, Robert Gilvesy, Judy Taylor, Katherine Pankrantz, Fred Allin, Victoria Gregory, Lexi Kolt-Wagner
Robert Halsall & Associates Ltd. (structural), JSA Energy Analysts (mechanical), Mulvey and Banani International Inc. (electrical), James Vermeulen (cost)
- 2001 City of Kingston Livable City Design Award
- 1997 Governor General's Award of Merit
- 1990 Winning Scheme, National Design Competition