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Rooftop park floated for library

Renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander hopes the green roof atop the Vancouver Public Library will be converted into a spectacular rooftop park for everyone in the city to enjoy.

Renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander hopes the green roof atop the Vancouver Public Library will be converted into a spectacular rooftop park for everyone in the city to enjoy.

The top two floors of the central library are currently leased to the B.C. Building Corporation and have been closed to the public since the building’s 1995 opening.

That lease, however, expires in 2015 and the library wants to begin expansion plans that include creating an accessible green space on the building’s roof.

“It will be a sitting area and a beautiful place to view the city for everybody,” said Oberlander, who won the library’s original design competition in the early 1990s with architect Moshe Safdie. “It will be a park on top of the roof — how about that?”

Oberlander says she’s just dreaming at this point, but envisions a small amphitheatre, a trellis wall and sitting areas.

Central library director Shelagh Flaherty said people remember Oberlander’s original design and often ask if they can go up to the roof.

 
 
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