Rosemount Revitalization Project: Presentation by +VG Architects

+VG Architects is leading the process to revitalize the Rosemount branch. The goals for the revitalization include:

  • Provide functional, flexible library spaces by creating multi-use areas with open sightlines
  • Rehabilitate building elements, while retaining and complementing the building’s historic character
  • Address accessibility requirements
  • Address sustainability requirements
  • Address building code requirements
  • Incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles

The improved Rosemount branch must be reimagined to create an accessible environment for both the community and employees. Working closely with Ottawa Public Library we have we have developed high-level plans to address the general needs for the building and landscape, considering neighbourhood planning guidelines, existing heritage fabric, required program, and site conditions.

The Open House is designed to show the progression of the project to date, and to gather community feedback and input from the public. Your comments are vital to help shape the future of this important community building. We encourage you to look through the presentation below and provide your feedback by email to RoReno@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.

Thank you for your involvement.

Site Photos

Existing floor plans

Initial space planning exercise

Front Yard

Rendering of front yard area
  • Improve accessibility
  • Offer bicycle parking
  • Create seating area with outdoor furniture
  • Offer stroller parking
  • Add community garden

Design Ideas

Entrance Vestibule

Rendering of entrance vestibule
  • Demolish existing entrance vestibule
  • Create new entrance vestibule and integrate into new front courtyard
  • Incorporate new book return
  • Improve material processing
  • Respect/enhance the heritage architecture
  • Accentuate arrival + street presence

Design Ideas

Rear Exit Stair

Rendering of rear exit stair area
  • Demolish existing rear exit
  • Connect main level and basement
  • Provide second exit from main level
  • Create connection to rear courtyard
  • Offer access to community garden
  • Eliminate staff stair

Design Ideas

Rear Yard

Rendering of rear yard
  • Connect to proposed public space
  • Develop outdoor program area
  • Incorporate community garden
  • Provide outdoor seating / furniture
  • Develop landscape plan / pocket park
  • Create stronger connection to library

Design Ideas

Entrance Level

Rendering of entrance level
  • Create a stronger sense of arrival
  • Create a more welcoming lobby
  • Enhance material processing area
  • Add flexible programming area
  • Provide universal washroom
  • Improve existing washrooms
  • Improve connection to rear yard

Design Ideas

Main Space

Rendering of main space
  • Relocate and improve service hub
  • Reclaim unused area for programming
  • Provide new shelving and furniture
  • Improve lighting
  • Expand connectivity
  • Create quiet areas and private meeting room
  • Improve accessibility
  • Improve existing entrance stair
  • Provide new furniture and shelving

Design Ideas

Rear Room

Rendering of rear room
  • Maintain heritage archway + entrance
  • Create dedicated children’s area
  • Provide new furniture and seating
  • Eliminate staff stair
  • Reinstate existing window openings

Design Ideas

The following guidelines and principles provide a framework for appropriate architectural conservation. This list was developed by the Ontario Heritage Trust and acts as a touchstone that +VG uses to evaluate our projects.

Respect for documentary evidence

Do not base restoration on conjecture. Conservation work should be based on historic documentation, such as historic photographs, drawings and physical evidence

Respect for the original location

Do not move buildings unless there is no other means to save them. Site is an integral component of a building. Any change in site diminishes heritage value considerably.

Respect for historic material

Repair or conserve rather than replace building materials and finishes, except where absolutely necessary. Minimal intervention maintains the historical content of the resource.

Respect for original fabric

Repair with like materials, to return the resource to its prior condition without altering its integrity.

Respect for the building's history

Do not restore to one period at the expense of another. Do not destroy later additions to a house solely to restore it to a single time period.

Reversibility

Alterations should be able to be returned to original conditions. This conserves earlier building design and technique. For instance, when a new door opening is put in a stone wall, the original stones are numbered, removed and stored, allowing for future restoration.

Legibility

New work should be distinguishable from old. Buildings should be recognized as products of their own time, and new additions should not blur the distinction between old and new.

Maintenance

With continuous care, future restoration will not be necessary. With regular upkeep, major conservation projects and their high costs can be avoided.