After nearly a decade of planning and three years of construction, The $57-million Halifax Central Library opened in 2014 to country-wide buzz and plenty of design mag praise. The contemporary space was imagined by Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, and the exterior looks like rectangular glass boxes stacked on top of each other. Inside, four floors of stacks are connected by a collection of criss-crossing staircases, which are kinda similar to the gently curved ones at the Toronto Reference Library (a.k.a. the scene of The Weeknd’s video for “Secrets”)—and just as insanely photogenic.
But the institution isn’t just for book-wormy Nova Scotian couples dying to get hitched amid as many literary works as possible, but anyone who enjoys epic rooftop patios and ocean views: the upper-most cube of the library happens to be home to an art-filled sunroom, sun-soaked café and expansive water-facing deck. According to the Halifax Public Libraries’ website, there are a few options for booking Central Library spaces, which are referred to as their “premium venues” (for obvious reasons). Since it’s a public space, fees are still reasonable, and start at $125 an hour.
5440 Spring Garden Rd., 902-490-5768, halifaxpubliclibraries.ca