Maple Grove Library wins IIDA FAB Awards
IIDA Northland Chapter awarded the region’s most Fresh, Artistic and Brilliant design work at the ninth annual FAB Awards on Thursday, April 19, 2012. This year’s jurors included the editor of Metropolis Magazine, Susan Szenasy; principal and vice president of the Hollander Design Group, Viveca Bissonnette, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP; and principal and director of healthcare interior architecture at HKS, Inc., Ana Pinto-Alexander, RID, IIDA.
The Hennepin County Library Maple Grove received three FAB Awards, including the Grand Award, Government/Institutional Award, and Excellence in Sustainability Award. Learn more about the award and view other winners on the IIDA website.
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY MAPLE GROVE
Responding to the community’s desire for a gathering space that seizes the site’s full potential, the new Maple Grove Library is designed as a pavilion in a park, connecting residents to information, the outdoors, and the larger community. A seamless building and landscape design fully integrates the library and park, while a lake provides renewable, hydrothermal energy for the building.
Focused on creating a community living space shaped by knowledge and technology, the library features a strong inside/outside relationship with integrated outdoor views and spaces, such as a reading porch, reading plaza, rock garden with collected rainwater cascading into a waterfall, and entry sequence through the garden.
The library conveys an urban freshness in suburban surroundings through a compact footprint; strong indoor/outdoor connection; and spaces that offer diverse experiences for different age groups, including a hip and versatile teens’ area, interactive children’s area, and sophisticated adults’ area.
Materials are creatively used throughout the building, including a sculptural fabric ceiling and glowing solid surface computer counter. A raised floor creates a special elevated place for teens where they can experience the library’s offerings by sitting on the floor, engaging at the counter, hanging out in booths, or studying in pods. Rain is a celebrated event, as rainwater is collected on the roof and into the rock garden below—a process that can be viewed from the family lounge inside.
Responding to the dynamic evolution of library service, the new building offers ultimate flexibility with a raised floor, “pick-up-sticks” lighting that functions for any furniture layout, and plug-and-play fixtures and furniture. Smart sustainable design strategies include enhanced user comfort with under floor air distribution, daylight harvesting, and the use of renewable energy sources. Designed to exceed the Minnesota energy code by more than 40%, the library provides an annual energy savings of more than 1,329,100 kWh. The building was designed in accordance with the Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond (B3): State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines.