Vancouver Public Library Window Treatments for Privacy, Style and Light Control


Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


 

This interior design project for Veronica Wakeham and Terra Nova Interiors was to deliver functional solutions for privacy and light control in a style which would compliment the great architecture of the Vancouver Public Library. Our selection and professional installation of custom roller shades provided elegance, shade and privacy for the boardrooms of the popular Vancouver venue.


Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


Just prior to the 2010 Olympic Games, SNC Lavalin, the management company for the Vancouver Public Library approached Terra Nova Interiors for a solution to its window treatments at the library and office towers in downtown Vancouver. During the Games tens of thousands of people circulated (no pun) around the library. The inviting open architecture however, permitted prying eyes and possible security breaches.


Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


Architecturally, Vancouver Public Library resembles the Coliseum in Rome. However the high ceilings and numerous windows, particularly in boardrooms, receive direct sunlight during the day to a degree that hinders work. The ability to work on papers, clearly view monitors, and work with poster and whiteboards is crucial to the function of boardrooms such as those for which Terra Nova Interiors installed window treatments at the Vancouver Public Library.



Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


The vibrant urban vista from the VPL boardrooms is enjoyable, looking out upon the new CBC studios in downtown Vancouver. Accordingly, a window treatment that enhanced privacy, while maintaining the view, was a condition. We decided it was essential to bring the vibrancy of the area into the boardroom but at the same time in a simple and supportive manner, without being a diversion when working inside, or an architectural distraction when viewed from the outside.


Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


The rollers shades give a formal feeling to the rooms. These ceilings are very high requiring roller shades to be special-ordered for custom fabrication. We carefully measured on site when considering the challenges and requirements of the treatment selection. The roller shade casing sits on brackets a full 18 feet off the ground. Smaller windows may be installed in-house, but these boardroom ceiling heights demand professional installation such as Terra Nova Interiors provides. Even though the shade is 18 feet long it is designed to glide easily in its rise and fall function. Another feature is its concealment. The roller is virtually hidden when fully closed. The treated material is eco-friendly and will protect furniture from fading.


Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


The images in this post illustrate from various viewpoints inside and outside the Vancouver Public Library how Terra Nova Interior’s professional installation of custom roller shades provided style, light control and privacy for these boardrooms.


Terra Nova Interiors design project at Vancouver Public Library


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