SYLVANIA BRANCH LIBRARY
TOLEDO LUCAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
This project centers around 2 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 meeting room 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 site lines upon entry to the expanded Children’s Area and updated Meeting Room. Passers-by and Library patrons will now have more visibility into and out of the Library - provided by the new glass facade, replacement of existing glass, and opening up existing, hidden windows for more natural light.
The updated, existing Meeting Room will be equipped with dividable walls that will open up to a new Cafe and the Lobby Area, providing a large, flexible space for community use. Opposite the changes on the East Wing, the West Wing will provide visitors with a Quiet Reading Area.
The interior renovation highlights the most memorable interior features, including warm, red brick walls and existing arched windows. The same warm material used on an angled wood ceiling is also consistent throughout the library on millwork and furnishings. Deep teal, warm coppers 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 a welcoming face and good visibility to the Entry, Maker’s 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 warm and inviting Quiet Reading Area provides a cozy environment to read a good book on soft seating by a cozy fireplace. The addition of 8 study rooms, 2 conference rooms and 2 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.