BAY VILLAGE BRANCH
CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Located in Cahoon Park, the new Bay Village Branch Library is a two-story, 17,000-sf building featuring browsable collections, spaces for quiet contemplation as well as collaboration and innovation areas. Dedicated young adult and children’s spaces are glass enclosed with a shared program room. A large dividable meeting room and four smaller study rooms offer many options for tutoring, collaboration, meetings and programs. The ornamental stair or elevator provide access to a second floor reading loft with fire place that overlooks the adult collection on the ground floor.
As visitors enter the building, the space opens to a vaulted, double-height space featuring a grand fireplace. This area contains the adult collection, a vended café, various types of seating, public computers and access to a covered outdoor seating area overlooking a pocket park and a future Village Green. The west side of the building features large windows in the children’s area, young adult spaces, and the meeting rooms providing beautiful views to the wooded area along Cahoon Creek. The second floor provides a variety of spaces for quiet study and contemplation with a circular quiet reading room, balcony side study tables and lounge seating near the double-sided fireplace. Adjacent to the reading loft is access to the rooftop patio highlighting a living roof and elevated views of the surrounding park. This space is optimal for outdoor programs and events.
The design inspiration stemmed from historical and current research of the local architecture and context to create a dynamic building that ties in with the spirit of the community. The early settlers traveled to the area in early 1800’s from New England and constructed homes similar to the ones they had known. In the mid-1900’s, a prominent Bay Village architect, Arthur Krumweide, reinforced the earlier architecture with his New England Cape Cod and Colonial Style. Those homes continue to be prominent assets in the community today. Building elements and materials from this research were considered for the new library design to tie into the local fabric. Careful selection of exterior materials such as horizontal lap siding, a stone perimeter base and fireplace, shake siding accents on the circular turret and standing seam metal roof generates a building design that reinforces the Bay Village vernacular.
In continuation with Cuyahoga County Public Library system’s dedication to reducing impact on our environment, the new Library is seeking LEED Certification for this building.
HBM ￨ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer