February 17, 2018

Year in Architecture 2015: …Sit Right Down

ljx151102webArchG5AThe current rehab to the Waukegan Public Library, IL, added classrooms and collaborative study spaces to meet the demands of its constituency. To keep costs down, the project incorporated discarded shelving from other area libraries. CREDITS: Product Architecture & Design, architect; McShane Fleming Studios, photo.
ljx151102webArchG5BThe Teen Room at the new $10.3 million South Hadley Public Library, MA, “balances hangout space with the opportunity for productive use of library resources and technology.” A mix of comfortable seating and open areas allows visitors to find their own unique library experience. CREDITS: Johnson Roberts Associates, architect; Peter Vanderwarker, photo.
ljx151102webArchG5CCuyahoga County Public Library’s Orange Branch, Pepper Pike, OH, is companion to a community center and a high school. The community feeling continues inside as well, with a mix of local stone harvested from creek beds of the nearby Wiley Creek and the Chagrin River and wood from neighboring forests. CREDITS: Holzheimer Bolek + Meehan (HBM) Architects, architect; Roger Mastroianni, photo.
ljx151102webArchG5DThe second level at the Manhattan Beach Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library, has a color scheme that subtly suggests the sandy characteristics of the beach and boasts a panoramic ocean view made possible by the dual glass curtain walls on three of the library’s four sides. CREDITS: Johnson Favaro Architects, architect; ©2015 Eric Staudenmaier, photo.
ljx151102webArchG5EThe new $10.2 million Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, the 100th branch of the Toronto Public Library, houses a 40,000-item multicultural collection in a facility designed for collaboration and innovation. CREDITS: LGA Architectural Partners with Phillip H. Carter, architect; Toronto Public Library, photo.
GBBN-3, Beechview Branch, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: RenovaThe Beechview Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is “unrecognizable,” according to one staffer, following its addition and remodel. It features a dedicated teen zone and children’s space with a welcoming reading nook. CREDITS: GBBN Architects, architect; ©2015 Ed Massery Photography, photo.
ljx151102webArchG5GThe Park City Library, UT, remodeled its main branch to the tune of $9.2 million, which includes living room–style reading areas, a new entrance, and a second-floor outdoor patio. It’s now an entirely “greened” historic building. CREDITS: Blalock and Partners, architect; Henriksen Butler Design Group, photo.


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