February 16, 2018

Year in Architecture 2013: Transformational Libraries

Transformational Libraries


The glass box expansion to the Polk Wisdom Branch Library, Dallas, with random patterns of colored glass, defines the new entry focal point as the library reorganized spaces in its “internalized transformation.” CREDITS: Hidell & Associates, Architects, Inc., architect; Patrick Coulie, photo.


Flood waters devastated the city, but the Ladd Library, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, is helping to renew. The 22,000 square foot, $2 million library is located in what was once a Target store and is now a target for residents. CREDITS: OPN Architects, architect; Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio, photo.


The Duvall Library, King County Library System, WA, went for sustainability in the $11.4 million project, with a green roof, exterior awnings and light shelves to control glare, radiant heat in the concrete slab, locally sourced products, reclaimed barnwood, and recycled weathered steel siding. CREDITS: Johnston Architects PLLC, architect; ©2012 Daniel Sheehan, photo.


The 7,200 square foot East Rancho Dominguez Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library, is the new landmark in town, with its reading room art installation of laminated glass panels with color images of historic maps of train lines and Spanish ranches and trees, by artist Louise Griffin. CREDITS: Carde Ten Architects, architect; ©2012 Edward L. Ewert, photo.


The Teton County Library, Jackson, WY, sits on a community park and acknowledges the region with a gabled roof, log walls, and columns, features repeated in the new addition and relocated grand entry. CREDITS: Humphries Poli, architect; David Agnello, photo.


With arched colonnades, a pastel palette, and those ever-present palms, the new Boca Raton Downtown Library, FL, shouts its style from its red barrel roof. CREDITS: PGAL, architect; Dana Hoff, photo.


Jasper Place Branch Library, Edmonton, Alta., reused the original Glulam wood from the 1950s program room under its free-spanning, undulating concrete roof for the perfect living room look and feel. CREDITS: Dub Architects Limited and Hughes Condon Marler Architects, architect; Hughes Condon Marler Architects, photo.


Queens Library at Glen Oaks, NY, met zoning constraints by going below grade and adding a twostory atrium to ensure adequate lighting. Above the large picture window into the children’s space appears the word search, a nod to our connected world. CREDITS: Marble Fairbanks, architect; Eduard Hueber, photo.


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

Celebrating her 46th 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.