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Louisville Free Public Library Shawnee Branch

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    • the new expansion to the Shawnee Branch Library complements the historic lightly-ornamented brick building, without mimicking it
    • Overview

      “The new addition is a well-proportioned, strong and contrasting form to the historic building. It takes an attitude of looking the other direction, opening up to the landscape, offering an alternative to the more enclosed space offered by the existing building. The simplicity of the form, materials and composition of the addition are to be commended.”
      —AIA Kentucky Honor Awards jury

      As part of the LFPL master plan, MSR also implemented the design for the renovation and expansion of the Shawnee Branch, bringing the library into the 21st century. An open plan and central service desk allow for efficiencies in staffing, while simultaneously improving wayfinding and service to patrons. A new children’s area, expanded computer room, and energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems address the needs of the community.

    • viewed from the reconfigured entry, the renovation opens up the space and draws patrons to the service desk and new expansion beyond
    • the new, larger computer area is one of the most popular places in the library
    • the daylight-filled reading room within the new addition is also popular with patrons for reading and socializing
    • Specifications

      Location: Louisville, Kentucky

      Type: Renovation/expansion

      Size: 7,024 square feet (renovation); 3,000 square feet (expansion)

    • Awards

      AIA Kentucky Citation.

    • Project Contact

      Jack Poling

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