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Louisville Free Public Library Southwest Regional Branch

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    • the library provides a community-gathering place that appeals to all ages and fosters interactivity
    • Overview

      “Both the client and design team should be commended and celebrated for creating an ambitious project that established a memorable identity for a community library.
      . . . The project created a sense of place for reading, sitting, and simply being in that connective moment between architecture and landscape.”
      —2015 AIA Kentucky Honor Awards Jury

      Located in southwest Louisville, this new regional library serves as a template for two future regional libraries in terms of programmatic elements and building systems. The construction employs a standardized structural steel frame, similar to those used in big box retail stores. The library design focuses on creatively using common materials. Standardized components—including modular masonry, window systems, and raised flooring—form a low maintenance, highly flexible public place. Through scale and a glowing beacon bay, the building establishes a presence in a fragmented environment of scattered building types along a highway. The open, transparent interior offers inviting spaces for different generations of people to experience and clear site lines for service efficiency and enhanced librarian/public interaction.

    • folding metal panels help break down the scale of the building
    • glass at the base of the building offer views of activities inside
    • facade lights add dimension to the building as day changes to night
    • open, transparent interior offers inviting spaces for different generations of people
    • the children's area includes an interactive play wall, touch screen tables, and lots of computer access
    • Awards

      AIA Kentucky Award for Excellence in Architectural Design.

    • Specifications

      Location: Louisville, KY

      Type: New Construction

      Size: 40,000 square feet

      Sustainable Design: LEED Gold Certified

    • Project Contact

      Matt Kruntorad

      • Architect / Principal
      • matthew@msrdesign.com
      • 612 759 5040
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