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Denton Public Library North Branch

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    • translucent panels and transparent glass allow glimpses of activity inside the library
    • Overview

      “We wanted a warm, inviting place so people wouldn’t just check out a book and leave. Much to our delight, this new library is a place people come to and stay. . . . It’s alive and extraordinary.”
      —Eva Poole, Director, Denton Public Library

      This project reinvents an abandoned grocery store into a library. The design adapts the existing footprint into a highly functional library and reconfigures the site to provide a foreground for the building that supports its reuse. A new glass curtain wall, composed of both transparent and translucent glazing, visually transforms the building from a grocery store into a library. These design goals were accomplished within a construction budget of approximately $100/square foot.


    • former Food Lion grocery store
    • linear rows of plantings and hardscape lead patrons to the entry
    • glass planes provide acoustical separation between the adult and teen areas
    • the children’s room provides a place for parents and children to learn together
    • Specifications

      Location: Denton, Texas

      Type: Adaptive reuse

      Size: 32,801 square feet

    • Awards

      AIA Minnesota Honor Award

    • Project Contact

      Jack Poling

      • Architect / Principal
      • jack@msrdesign.com
      • 612 384 7574
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      Leanne Larson

      • Interior Designer / Senior Associate
      • leanne@msrdesign.com
      • 651 402 2054
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