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Sanibel, Florida

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Adapting to a changing seasonal population

The Re-imagined Sanibel Public Library includes both behind the scenes infrastructure updates to maximize efficiency and lower operating costs within the existing library and functional updates and improvements to both public library and staff spaces.

These improvements include: new, larger windows to maximize the natural light and stunning views; four new Study Rooms; an enhanced browsing experience with more merchandising-style material displays; digital displays; a Business Center; a flexible Maker Space; mobile shelving and furniture that allows for flexible arrangements to host large library events; updated spaces for Children and Teens; and an expanded outdoor porch and revived outdoor courtyard space.

The interior design palette of Sanibel Public Library is inspired by a combination of the natural surroundings of the island as well as strategies for enhancing the existing architectural elements of the library building. The flooring materials incorporate layers of varying blues you would see at the shoreline as well as varied textures representing water transitioning to the tonal sand and shells along the beach.

Contrasts of warm woods and crisp white beach stones with layered shell textures and resins with natural embedded materials enhance custom built cabinetry and carry the natural island inspiration throughout the library. The Children and Teen spaces will feature brighter colors inspired by a combination of the fish swimming underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, and the colorful shells visitors find during a beach walk at sunset.


HBM │ Design Architect, Interior Designer, and Architect of Record


30,000 SF

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