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Monticello Public Library

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    • Overview

      This new community library balances the need to respect the residential setting with the goal of becoming a prominent icon for the community.

      Located in Southeastern Arkansas on the site of the old Drew County Hospital, the new Monticello Public Library reinvigorates the small town of 9,000 people with vibrant community spaces for children and adults alike, as well as housing the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library administrative headquarters. In addition to the existing collections, the new building includes outdoor reading porches, a children’s secret garden, flexible meeting rooms, an enclosed genealogy lab, teens’ area, and expanded access to computers and new electronic media. The open plan makes for easy wayfinding and maximizes staff efficiency. Clerestory windows throughout draw natural light deep into the spaces, and an extended roof protects the windows from harsh solar conditions. Made of light wood with a shallow pitch, the roof responds respectfully to the scale and vernacular of the homes in the surrounding neighborhood. MSR provided the library design in association with architect of record ETC Engineers and Architects.

    • made of light wood with a shallow pitch, the roof responds respectfully to the scale and vernacular of the homes in the surrounding neighborhood
    • an outdoor reading porch occupies one side of the library
    • courtyard with pergola for shade
    • open floor plan makes for easy wayfinding
    • a screened porch creates the perfect indoor/outdoor combination reading space
    • Specifications

      Location: Monticello, AR

      Type: New Construction

      Size: 20,460 square feet

       

    • Project Contact

      Matt Kruntorad

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

      • Architect / Associate
      • sam@msrdesign.com
      • 612 375 8715
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