JEFFERSON-MADISON REGIONAL LIBRARY
The new Northside Library is an adaptive re-use project re-envisioning a Butler steel building erected in 1988 which previously served as a building supply warehouse. This project seeks to reconcile the nature of pre-engineered steel construction with the program, space, and performance imperatives of a high functioning public library.
The exterior design is inspired by the surrounding industrial area and modernizes the Butler building creating an inviting face to the street. The interior design incorporates lightweight skylight systems that allow diffused natural light to fill the space and mix with warm colors and bright accents. Colors are used on the shelving end-panels as way-finding for each division of the collection.
Providing after hours access to meeting rooms was important to the library. A glass wall is used to secure the main portion of the library space while still creating transparency. This prevents the feeling of separation between the two spaces. The operable wall also provides a wider opening than standard doors so that during normal hours the library can spill over into the flexible / lounge area and study rooms. The Northside library also features a Maker Space with recording studio and 3-D printer jointly used for teen and children’s programs.
The first week this library was open, use increased by forty-five percent.
HBM ￨ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer