Library design is front and center in this year’s round of building projects—completed between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011—exemplifying the best in sustainability and standing as the heart of community life.
Whether sleek and modern, true to classic lines, or touched with whimsy, the projects that comprise the library construction landscape are greener than ever, with U.S. Green Building Council silver, gold, and platinum shimmering from many of our 150 public projects and 26 academic library buildings completed between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011.
A Aedas Architects, Washington, DC; 202-684-7562; www.aedas.com Allison Architects, Inc., Little Rock, AR; 501-376-0717; www.allisonarchitects.com Anderson Brulé Architects, San José, CA; 408-298-1885; www.aba-arch.com Arcari & Iovino Architects, Little Ferry, NJ; 201-641-0600; aiarchs.com Arkinetics Inc., Lorain, OH; 440-246-3100; www.arkinetics.com Austin Public Library/Library Facilities, TX; 512-974-7493; www.austintexas.gov/library B Bailey Architects, Houston, TX; 713-524-2155; www.baileyarchitects.com Bailey Associates (Jack [...]
Users of the new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, University of Chicago, get to test their mettle under the soaring elliptical glass dome of the research space’s Grand Reading Room, designed by Helmut Jahn. Aside from stretching their brain cells, they can enjoy views of the campus. CREDITS: Murphy/Jahn, architect; photo, Jason Smith. The [...]
A former Food Lion is now the Bedford Public Library, TX, with curved walls and ceilings and glass that changes color. CREDITS: Hidell & Associates Architects, architect; photo, Patrick Coulie. A joint project of Phoenix PL and South Mountain Community College, South Mountain Community Library, Phoenix, treats its teens to a space surrounded [...]
Part of a complex of municipal buildings, the Rita & Truett Smith Central Public Library, Wylie, TX, includes along its south side a “Texas-sized porch” for shade and comfort and “spillage” for outdoor activities. CREDITS: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, architect; photo, Craig Blackmon/Blackink Photography. The new Acton Agua Dulce Christopher Colombo Brevidoro Library, County [...]
The focal point of the Orange Branch Library, Delaware, OH, is its double-sided stone fireplace in a wall with random openings. CREDITS: Dewberry, architect; photo, Brad Feinknopf. The main-level fireplace of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, AL, four-story structure is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows to “maximize the forest experience.” CREDITS: Keith Design, [...]