The North End Free Library
Thier + Curran Architects Inc.
56 Macaulay St W
Completed: July 2015
Sometimes all you need is a bench and a book. Mixed with the right setting and it can be a fairytale of imagination, inspiration, and conversation. In this case, Thier + Curran Architects wrote the perfect story.
With a bench on a steel frame and a box full of books, the recently completed North End Free Library is a little community oasis on a quiet street.
The raw steel frame is exposed with all the marks and traces of its construction. Perched atop the L-shaped boxlike frame is an ipe slat bench for the passerby to stop and read, or converse with neighbours.
A cedar library box hangs down against the frame like a light. With a decorative resin window and self-closing hinges, the little library comfortably holds an adequate amount of books in a sealed space. It’s like finding a cupboard of educational treasures.
Designed and financed by Thier + Curran Architects, the library presides on the Scime/Curran Residence, an adaptive re-use project by TCA.
Each book even comes with a custom stamp designed by the firm. Take a book, or leave a book.