April 28, 2016

Year in Architecture 2013: High, Wide, & Handsome

High, Wide, & Handsome

 


The new 16,000 square foot Fairwood Branch Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, LA, has a main bay lobby that acts as a central axis point to the designated spaces for adults, teens, and children. CREDITS: Bani, Carville, & Brown Architects, architect; Chad Chenier, photo.

 


The $6.8 million addition and remodel to the Smithtown Main Library, NY, features a new interior layout, new finishes and millwork, arched Palladian windows, murals, a balcony, and multifixture pendant lights. CREDITS: BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers, architect; Tom Sibley/Wilk Marketing Communications, photo.

 


The Lemon Grove Branch, San Diego Public Library, is a joint-use facility with the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities. The domed bell tower houses the school district’s original 1894 bell, and inside is a soaring vaulted ceiling and a spacious youth section, with strong wood accents. CREDITS: Roesling Nakamura Terada, architect; Kevin Walsh, photo.

 


The Gum Spring Library, Aldie, VA, is Loudoun County Public Library’s eighth branch and its largest public-private collaboration. The 40,000 square foot library houses a 90,000-item collection, accessible over two floors via a “monumental” staircase. CREDITS: Samaha Associates, architect; Bob Narod, photo.

 


Denver Public Library’s Sam Gary Branch has already received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for sustainability; Steven Appleton’s sculpture “LaminaLight,” which hangs from the ceiling, is a product of Arts & Venues Denver’s public arts program. CREDITS: OZ Architecture, architect; James Ray Spahn, photo.

RETURN TO MAIN ARTICLE

This article was published in Library Journal. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 43rd year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

Share
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.