Aaniin Community Centre and Library

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Aaniin Community Centre and Library

Markham, ON 2019

Project Description

The Aaniin Community Centre and Library contains a triple gymnasium, an aquatics center, a fitness center, multiuse rooms and a branch library, as well as a host of ancillary, food service and change room spaces. Anchored on either side by generous public plaza spaces, and connected to a large district park along its eastern boundary, the center encourages a more urban and sustainable pattern of growth within this rapidly burgeoning part of the city.

A massive wood roof serves as a powerful unifying design element, pulling the various programs and spaces together. The sense of connection is heightened by the overall transparency between spaces, blurring boundaries between programs. The expansiveness of the roof also frames a series of new outdoor rooms around the building, including a reading garden, a youth terrace and a marketplace.

Internally, the building features a generous open gathering space and stage flanked by amphitheater seating, flexible storage areas and open mezzanines. Designed with specialized lighting, acoustics and a sophisticated AV system, this open gathering space functions much like a public square, enabling the center to host a variety of events ranging from an intimate dance recital to a bustling cultural celebration or Bollywood movie night for 500 people.

Myriad rich colors and patterns read within the center’s glazing, furniture and accent walls, as well as through its expressive wood roof — a physical embodiment of the center’s name, an Ojibway word meaning “welcome.”


Project Details

Architect: Perkins+Will
Construction Cost: $52 Million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 122,000 sf
Occupancy: December 2017

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Forbo

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Coreflex

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Tandus Group

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Koraseal

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Action Floor Systems LLC

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Second Generation

Pools - Lane Markers: Myrtha Pools USA

Architect Of Record

Perkins+Will
Toronto, ON

Landscape Architect

Fleisher Ridout Partnership
Toronto, ON

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