The first design challenge was to build consensus on whether to expand and upgrade or replace the existing library building. After extensive assessments and a series of architect-led community workshops, the city embraced the creation of a new library, with a strong civic presence to draw in the neighborhoodâ€™s diverse populations.
Library amenities including book drop-off, bike parking, and places to meet or relax are composed within a large frame that reinforces the street front and creates a sheltering alcove leading to the front entrance. The faĂ§adeâ€™s large expanse of glass attracts passers-by to visit the reading room and the resources beyond.
Inside, the main space includes stacks, computer stations, seating areas, a childrenâ€™s area and circulation desk. A multipurpose room, teen room, meeting areas, and staff and service areas round out the program.
An integrated and collaborative design process resulted in a building rigorously tuned to the geography and climate as well as to its public mission.