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Dexter, Michigan

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Nestled in between a park and a farmers market this library offers greenery views throughout

After the failure of a bond issue pursued with another architect, HBM was hired to find a suitable site that the community as a whole could endorse and generate support for the project passing a subsequent bond issue. Through a series of community forums, public meetings, and research, HBM developed a list of over 32 possible locations and investigated 12 of those in greater detail before arriving at the best option.

Completed in the spring of 2009, the new library is located in the Central Business District adjacent to the Farmers Market on one side while overlooking a popular Community Park on the other.

Responsive to the community’s request, the library is a blend of traditional and contemporary forms taking advantage of the sloped site. The design is a warm mix of natural materials including curved wood beams, wood ceilings, sandstone and brick masonry, and curved glass walls. The front facade of the library is pulled forward to match the architecture along Main Street.

The interiors are filled with natural light and include the same warm tones and variations in materials as the exterior while providing sweeping views in a modern library setting.


HBM │ Design Architect, Interior Designer, Architect of Record


30,000 SF

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