Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2024 Recipient - King City Public Library and Seniors Centre | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture - 2024 Recipient - King City Public Library and Seniors Centre

King City Public Library and Seniors Centre
King City,
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Kongats Architects

Owner/ Client: King Township
Interior area / exterior area, in square metres: 1951 sq m
Exact construction contract value / building cost of the project: $10 million
Date of Occupancy: September 1, 2020 

The King City Library and Senior’s Centre is a multigenerational community hub, a place to meet, share stories, knowledge and information consistent with the evolving service expectation of a 21st century audience. The spatial configuration of the library resembles an open hand. The branching fingers of the hand set a formal logic by alternating between intimate, wood-lined study rooms or glazed, light-filled reading/activity rooms that offer views to the surrounding landscape. The simple unincumbered materiality of the building, stone, wood and glass define the building spatially as complimentary mass and void. 

Abridged Project Credits:
(see Architecture Canada publication out in Fall 2024 for more details)

Architectural - Kongats Architects
Structural - WSP
Mechanical - WSP
Electrical - WSP
Audio-Visual - WSP
Civil - MGM
Landscape - Brook McIlroy Inc.
Cost - A.W. Hooker & Associates Ltd. 

Jury Comment(s): 

The King City Public Library provides a multi-generational community hub for residents of King City that integrates two vital urban functions - an urban social space and a senior’s center. The jury noted the social and cultural value of the combined program. The jury discussed the contextual approach, material detailing and the sustainable strategies which included bio-swales, natural daylighting, natural ventilation and optimized heating and cooling systems. 

2024 Jury

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Aerial View of Library Looking South

PHOTO - Riley Snelling

Conceptual Model


Street Façade South Elevation

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Northwest Façade

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Façade Detail West Balcony

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East Balcony

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Library Study