May 3, 2016

Year in Architecture 2013: A Destination Place

A Destination Place


The new Centennial Library, Midland County Public Library, TX, was transformed from a stand-alone retail facility, the best case of “adaptive reuse.” Among the high-tech amenities in the nearly $8 million building are dedicated children’s and teen spaces featuring an interactive work wall and an interactive floor. The library also includes a media lab, movable walls and partitions, and a variety of seating options. CREDITS: Dewberry, architect; Maxwell Filmworks, photo.


The Glenvar Branch Library, Roanoke County Public Library, Salem, VA, has a high vaulted wood ceiling with clerestory windows facilitating natural light. The form respects the local history and climate, while presenting views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. CREDITS: HBM Architects, architect; Sam Dean Photography, photo.


The Storytime Room at the Mission Viejo Library, CA, was a collaborative effort, painted by muralist Matthew Huchthausen and artist Kevin Pederson and designed by Robert R. Coffee Architects to replicate old Orange County farmland. CREDITS: Robert R. Coffee Architect + Associates, architect; Kathleen Kelton, photo.


The Mall Library Connection, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Vancouver, WA, is in leased space within the Westfield Vancouver Mall. It features an all-glass storefront with collection display, a raised platform for access, and an automated materials handling system. CREDITS: SHKS Architects, architect; ©Jeff Amram Photography, photo.


Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Grand Junction, CO, gained 9,000 square feet of space and now totals 45,000 square feet. It houses a shaded outdoor patio and a 230-person-capacity community room, a much larger teen space, and six study rooms. Natural light floods the building, and the Regional History Room received a “historically flavored” renovation. CREDITS: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, architect; Mesa County Libraries, photo.


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Join us Friday, May 6 at Bozeman Public Library for our acclaimed library design/building event, and start planning the library of the future, today. Come together with librarians, architects, and vendors to explore new perspectives on building and renovation, and hear about recent projects that will spur your own solutions. Attendees will also tackle real life library design challenges among fellow librarians. Admission is free but space is limited.