Minnesota architecture’s honor roll
The Ramsey County Roseville Library was selected as one of eight projects to receive a 2011 Honor Award from the state’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
“All of the winning designs are characterized by modernist lines, environmental awareness and a kind of boxy, no-frills understatement that appears to reflect today’s tough economic climate. . . . With clients on tighter budgets, architects have to ramp up their creativity to assure successful designs for less money. . . .
RAMSEY COUNTY LIBRARY, ROSEVILLE (MS&R)
Dubbed the ‘busiest library in Minnesota,’ the 1990s Roseville facility was ‘dark, dated, unwelcoming, and inefficient,’ before its renovation and expansion. Opening the interior brought in daylight, improved sightlines and enhanced self-servicing. Regionally produced and recycled materials were used, and high-efficiency systems were introduced to save water and energy.”
Read more in the full Star Tribune article by Mary Abbe: “Minnesota architecture’s honor roll.”