It’s summer in Vancouver and time for a visit to Vancouver’s newest and much loved public space, the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library’s rooftop garden created by landscape architect extraordinaire Cornelia Oberlander.
Even on one of the hottest days of the summer the outdoor space is a cool oasis, with lots of corners to sit in and a cool breeze. There’s plenty of people up on the roof, but the space is big enough to accommodate students studying as well as people relaxing drinking coffee. (About that coffee~you still have to bring it in from outside the building, but it is perfectly fine in the library with a lid on it.I checked.)
There is apparently a challenge with the current landscape maintenance contractors and they are no longer tending to the plants. Thankfully Cornelia’s palette includes lots of hardy plants and wild roses well adapted to dry conditions.
This is a space that changes during the seasons and is well worth visiting several times. You can read a bit about how this new public space was developed as well as the background for this library in this earlier Price Tags post by our illustrious founder, Gordon Price.
Here is a YouTube video describing the space when it was first opened last Fall.