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After being impressed by the architecture and design of the OBA Library in Amsterdam, I thought I would check out the newly-opened Fort York Library in downtown Toronto. Designed by KPMB Architects, the two-storey 15,000 sf public library opened its doors last week to serve the fast-growing community of CityPlace. Definitely not in the same league as the OBA, it is still an open, airy and transparent space. Part of the design of this building is to provide for a place for the residents in this neighbourhood to escape from their condominium living spaces that has become smaller and smaller.

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Children Area

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Pods for collaboration and study

The bright yellow pedestrian bridge connecting the CityPlace community to Front Street is the Puente de Luz (Bridge of Light), designed by Chilean sculptor-designer Francisco Gazitua. The bridge was completed in late 2012 and spans the busiest railway corridor in Canada with 16 sets of tracks.

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