This is how the original design concept looked for the Chemainus library. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Where are the windows on new Chemainus library?

Design omission apparent from original drawings

The Vancouver Island Regional Library Chemainus building is far enough advanced that an omission is apparent.

Where are the windows? Yes, we are thankful that VIRL has committed to a fine purpose-built library in Chemainus.

However, on the promotional drawings, an otherwise mundane building was made exciting by virtue of the banks of full-height windows at the entrance.

Now comes the reality – they are not there. In all likelihood, when we ask VIRL ‘what happened?’ the answers will be ‘too expensive’ or ‘structurally too complex’.

Both poor answers. What was shown on the drawing IS doable. Is it too late for VIRL to deliver what was promised?

Peter Ordynec,


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