It looks like Vancouver is following in the footsteps of New York City and joining the world of rooftop culture.

In a crowded, high-rise city like Vancouver, it can be difficult to find the ideal location to open a stunning garden terrace that can moonlight as a community space.

That’s why wide open rooftop spaces can double as the perfect locale to escape from the chaos of the city, if only for a few moments.

With that in mind, Vancouver’s Central Library at Library Square is waiting for the green light to begin a significant two-level expansion that will add new reading and community spaces, including a unique public rooftop garden and a theatre.

Currently, the top two floors of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) are being used as office space for the provincial government, but that will soon change thanks to a 40,000-square-foot addition of the library’s usable floor area.

Photo - VPL

Photo – VPL

“A lot has changed in 20 years, in terms of technology, in terms of the community around the central library, so we are looking at this revitalization,” said chief librarian Sandra Singh.

The $15.5 million project will see the addition of a 77-seat auditorium, art and cultural exhibition spaces, community meeting rooms, and large quiet reading room.

There will also be the addition of two large outdoor terraces on the north and south side, and a new 8,000-square-foot public garden that could be used as an area for reading, relaxing, and working further up on the rooftop level.

The VPL is aiming to have the space ready by March 2018, with construction beginning in early 2017. Singh said the library is currently waiting for its development permit application to be approved.

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