RDH Architects (RDHA)
Occupancy: October 15, 2018
Construction Budget: $12 million
The Idea Exchange Old Post Office is a major renovation, restoration and addition to a heritage-listed structure in Cambridge, Ontario. This project adapts the 1885 post office to accommodate the Idea Exchange, a bookless library that centres on open studio spaces for creative work by people of all ages. Housed within a heritage structure in constant dialogue with its contemporary addition, the Idea Exchange Old Post Office projects the life and vitality of a progressive public library program to the street, the river, and the city beyond.
Landscape Architect - NAK Design
Heritage Consultant - Steven Burgess Architects Ltd.
The architects integrated contemporary volumes into a historic building with boldness and attention to the fine detail of the junctions between the new and existing structures. This creates a continuity by contrast. Lightened views among common spaces over the water and the gesture of daylight washing the historic façades create an interesting and coherent program.