RALEIGH COURT BRANCH
ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
The proposed design solution took a contemporary interpretation of the modern vision that was inherent in the original library building constructed in the 1960’s. The primary building had sleek modern lines and large expanses of glass. A chunky and windowless addition in the 1980’s removed much of the building’s character and its visual connection to the community and the outdoors.
The addition and renovation doubled the size of the existing library and restored the visual connection to the community that had been lacking for over thirty years. Large glass curtain walls in the new wing adjacent to the main arterial street gave the library a face-lift and create a prominent presence to passersby.
The new wing features an adult quiet reading room as well as a large interactive learning center for children. The careful placement of the addition facilitates the formation of an interior courtyard and reading garden to further the connection with the outdoors. Existing library spaces have been reconfigured to house an exciting technology and maker space along with café and teen areas.
HBM ￨ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer