This past Family Day weekend, Markham unveiled its newest public space, the Aaniin Community Centre and Library. The 125,000-square complex features a collection of sparkling facilities, including a two-floor library, an aquatics centre and a decked-out gym.
The centre was designed by the Toronto branch of the global architectural firm Perkins and Will. They spent over a year chatting with the community’s residents—in focus groups, schools and town hall meetings—to find out what they wanted from the space. Their feedback informed everything from the programming to the name, which means “welcome” in Ojibwe, a nod to the local Indigenous history.
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