Bay Village, Ohio

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A contextual and dynamic building that reflects the spirit of the community

Located in Cahoon Park, the new Bay Village Branch Library is a two-story, 17,000 SF building featuring browseable 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.

As visitors enter the building, the space unfolds to a vaulted, double-height area featuring a grand fireplace. Located here are 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.

An ornamental stair and elevator provide access to a second floor reading loft with a fireplace that overlooks the adult collection on the ground floor. 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 reflects the spirit of the community. Early settlers traveled to the area during the 1800’s from New England and constructed homes similar to the ones they had known. In the mid-1900’s, these architectural styles were reinforced in the Cape Cod and Colonial Style. Those homes continue to be prominent assets in the community today. Similar building elements and materials were considered for the new library design to truly blend this building 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 keeping with Cuyahoga County Public Library’s dedication to reducing impact on our environment, this project is seeking LEED Certification.


HBM │ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer