February 17, 2018

Year in Architecture 2015: Elbowroom & More

ljx151102webArchG6AThe $19.5M project at the Ames Public Library, IA, turned a portion of the ground floor into space for children’s activities, which includes the “little theater,” and the teen zone. CREDITS: MSR Design, architect; Don Wong, photo.
ljx151102webArchG6BThe Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, encompasses a fireplace, a drive-up book window, a recording studio for teens, and a special Ready for Kindergarten area. CREDITS: Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, architect; © Brad Feinknopf, 2015, photo.
ljx151102webArchG6CTo design its large teen space TZ Lounge, the Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota County Public Library System, FL, went to the experts: the teens themselves. The building was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. CREDITS: Harvard Jolly Architecture, architect; Creative Arts Limited, specialty designer; Rob Moorman, photo.
ljx151102webArchG6DThe budget-friendly design of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, IN, features reuse of materials—the old service desk is part of the Imagination Hub—and minimal construction. The Early Literacy space focuses on interactivity, literacy, and hands-on projects. CREDITS: Kimberly Bolan and Associates, LLC, architect; Dale Pickett, photo.
ljx151102webArchG6EThe 17,764 square foot rehabbed Fairmont Heights Library, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System, MD, includes 58 public access computers, a digital media lab, and an enlarged children’s section with an sf/outer space theme. CREDITS: Gant Brunnett Architects, architect; Karl Connolly, photo.
ljx151102webArchG6FThe transformed basement of the Lebanon Public Library, OH, is a community tech center, with a variety of intimate gathering and work spaces that offer relaxed seating and a host of options. CREDITS: SHP Leading Design, architect; Cintech Construction, Inc., design/build; © Joe Harrison, JH Photography Inc., photo.


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