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Sylvania, Ohio

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Bringing new life, natural light, and flexibility into an existing library building

This project centers around two additions and the renovation of an existing 17,370 SF branch library that has distinguishable wings which house a children’s area in one and a large, flexible meeting room and cafe space in the other. A new East addition of a growing, curved glass facade provides a contemporary visual connector running North to South along the building. This also opens clear sight lines upon entry to the expanded Children’s Area, updated Meeting Room, Adult areas, Study Rooms, Staff Service Point, and new book displays. Passers-by and Library patrons now have more visibility into and out of the Library provided by the new glass facade, replacement of existing tinted glass, and opening up existing, hidden windows for more natural light.

The updated, existing Meeting Room is equipped with dividable walls that open up to a new Cafe and the Lobby Area, providing a large, flexible space for community use and overflow event space. Opposite, the changes on the West end provide visitors with a Quiet Reading Area with a featured fireplace.

The interior renovation highlights the most memorable interior features, including warm, red brick walls and existing arched windows. Warm materials are used on an angled wood ceiling and also consistent throughout the library on millwork and furnishings. Deep turquoise, warm copper and golden tones contrast and complement the textured wood and brick. An expanded entry emphasizes fixed and mobile new material displays giving patrons a browseable, bookstore experience. The central service point is an anchor in the library with good visibility to the Entry, Maker Space and Children’s Area.

The expanded Children’s Area features dynamic and playful interactive elements, new technology, and more variety of seating types for both children and caregivers. An existing exterior brick wall and archway was salvaged and re-purposed as a prominent design element featuring reading nooks. The addition of eight study rooms, two conference rooms and two large flexible meeting rooms gives patrons the ability to work individually, in small groups, or participate in large programs that the library can now accommodate.


HBM │ Design Architect, Interior Designer
Stough & Stough │ Architect of Record


21,246 SF

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