City shortlists architectural teams to design Ottawa’s new central library

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City officials say they’re inviting five teams of architects, including firms headquartered in Holland, Denmark and Canada, to bid on the design work for Ottawa’s new $168-million central public library and federal archive facility at LeBreton Flats.

Earlier this week, the city said it had shortlisted five teams out of 33 responses to its request for qualifications for design services on the joint Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada building.

Those teams will now be invited to respond to a full request for proposals. The teams are:

  • Bing Thom Architects (Canada) – GRC Architects (Canada)

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects (Canada) - KWC Architects (Canada)

  • Mecanoo International b.v. (Holland) - NORR Architects & Engineers Ltd (Canada)

  • Patkau Architects (Canada) - MSDL Architects (Canada) – GRC Architects (Canada)

  • Schmidt/hammer/lassen/ architects (Denmark) - KPMB Architects (Canada) - Hobin Architecture Inc. (Canada)

“This brings us another step closer to making an iconic Ottawa Central Library a reality,” said Tim Tierney, a city councillor and chair of the Ottawa Public Library board, in a statement.