Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library
A Glass, Metal, & Sintered Ceramic Marvel
On the northern outskirts of Toronto, ON, The Vaughan Civic Centre Library marks a clear departure from traditional architecture. Asserting a dynamic design and multi-functional spaces, the library stands as the embodiment of community connection and creative discovery. Designed by Toronto’s ZAS Architects, it features mostly glass and metal on the outside with a striking canopy featuring Ceramitex™ Sintered Ceramic panels.
ZAS is a full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm that builds high performance environments of lasting value. Their success since 1984 is rooted in a studio culture that emphasizes entrepreneurial energy, accessible project leadership and a thorough understanding of each client’s business. Another recent notable project includes the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University.
For this project, the client envisioned a monolithic cave-looking entrance and vestibule with a material that resembled stone yet provided extreme durability. In theory, the entrance and vestibule would appear to be “carved out of rock”. To achieve this look, unique facade properties, profiles and shapes were required. Nearly all panels would be different, none rectangular, and most hung downward facing. The Ceramitex™ Sintered Ceramic Facade System and Unity™ Attachment Technology coupled with a high level of collaboration between Elemex, Architect, General Contractor, and Installer made the client’s vision a reality.