Montrealers Compare Library Falling Glass Problem With Olympic Stadium

Going to the library could be dangerous to your health. The $98-million Grande Bibliotheque - Quebec’s main library and archive - has been falling apart a few pieces at a time.

Glass panels have been slipping from the library’s exterior but book lovers and pedestrians will be protected in a novel way - a proposed safety perimeter of gardens, trees and awnings, also the most affordable option.

The library, located in the downtown area near the main bus station, opened with great fanfare in spring of 2005.

Since then, 10 glass panels on the outside of the modern structure have crashed to the sidewalk, but no one has been injured.

Laboratory tests done for the downtown City of Montreal borough where the library is located found that more than 30 per cent of the 6,200 panels didn’t meet national standards for tempered glass.

Temporary fencing has been installed on the sidewalk near the library to keep pedestrians out of harm’s way.

“We’re talking about the possibility of having a few more breakages over the next years,” library spokeswoman Helen Panaioti said in an interview Wednesday.

“But, according to the information provided by our experts, the possibility is exponentially reduced over time,” Panaioti said.

She said “the worst has already occurred.”

Read the entire news on the source link below.

600450 Montrealers Compare Library Falling Glass Problem With Olympic Stadium
Date: 25 January 2007

See more news about:

See more from these topics:

Others also read

The new Dusit Hotel will incorporate the ventilated facades of Sistema Masa in its design and construction.
New York is perhaps the city most synonymous with skyscrapers in the public imagination, and the most architecturally significant addition to the New York skyline in recent years is at 53 West 53rd.
WICTEC is an overall concept of modern-day architecture that reconciles the elements of heat storage, air conditioning, light provision and fire and noise protection within a single façade design.
The redesign and renovation of the area around the main station in Arnhem has taken almost 20 years.
The exterior of the tower is sheathed in a glass curtain wall, with curved glass panels at the northwest and southeast corners.
The building received a new transparent skin glass façade made with Guardian Glass.


Add new comment