Taylor Family Digital Library Taylor Family Digital Library / Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Taylor Family Digital Library

“Kasian selected the stainless steel mesh used as a screening device on the exterior of the building for three primary reasons. Firstly, the mesh reduced the amount of solar heat gain into the Information Commons – a glass box intended to be the centerpiece of the library. Second, the mesh diminished glare, and thirdly, the screen leant an interesting and beautiful dimension to the architectural and aesthetic quality of the building.”
- Bill Chomik, Principal Design Architect, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, Inc.
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Year Completed: 2011
  • End Use: Academic
  • Architect: Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, Inc.; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • General Contractor: CANA Construction; Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Installer: Flynn Canada Ltd.; Rockyview, Alberta, Canada
  • Owner: University of Calgary


The University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library is a state-of-the-art facility housing over 9 million print and digital assets. Cambridge Architectural’s mesh façade shades and protects these important documents, as well as the occupants, while giving the library a 21st Century modern aesthetic to match the innovative research and learning center.



The stainless steel façade shades and reduces glare to the regularly occupied areas of the building, while providing ambient daylight and unobstructed views to the campus quad outside of the Information Commons – a glassed-in area meant for students to learn and relax while using the facility. The result is a comfortable and beautiful open space for academic endeavors and collaboration.



The Taylor Family Digital Library meets LEED® Gold Certification criteria. The Cambridge Architectural mesh system contributes to this through the reduction of solar heat gain and optimized energy performance. Points for daylighting and views credits were also received for the exterior solar shading. Additionally, Cambridge mesh incorporates recycled materials and is 100% recyclable at the end of its lifecycle, which is long-lasting due to its durable and virtually indestructible nature. Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC®.

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