The Library is designed as a community “living room” and offers spacious views of its interior to draw the public in.
Its central urban location and simple rectangular form responds to the community of homes and office buildings in which it serves. Daylit spaces invite the greater neighborhood of Libbie Mill to enter and stay a while.
HIGH PERFORMANCE DESIGN
The building site was specifically chosen to allow the library to be oriented with a primary east-west axis, and the Library’s massing and fenestration were developed to take advantage of this axis. Active daylit patron spaces are concentrated on the north and east sides of the library, taking advantage of the expansive views to the landscaped lake area and the associated ambient cooling it provides. The east-west orientation of the building allows for minimal surface area on the east and west facades, thus greatly reducing internal heat gains during summer months. The long south façade of the building capitalizes on thermal gains during the winter months.
TRANSPARENCY & CONNECTEDNESS
Reinforcing the Library’s themes of transparency and connectedness, glass is used extensively inside the Library. Where dictated by functional requirements, full height glass partitions provide physical separation without compromising views from one space to another. Larger spaces, such as the Children’s Program Room and Digital Media Lab, have articulating glass partitions that provide necessary enclosure when use demands and maximum program flexibility when open.
Other smaller program areas have been designed to feel like rooms within a room – architectural elements inserted into the larger volume of the library. The glass and wood partitions that define the group study rooms don’t rise to the ceiling plane above, but rather are capped by wood-clad ceiling planes that create an intimate scale appropriate to its purpose.