March 16, 2018

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.


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