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Mount Prospect Public Library

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    • glass-encased study rooms provide access to daylight and acoustical separation
    • Overview

      “You guys did it the right way—you listened to us and really worked at finding the right solution. And because of that, the library not only looks beautiful, it really functions.”
      —Marilyn Genther, Director, Mount Prospect Public Library

      Tied to the original 1970s concrete structure with a completely redesigned exterior facade, a new second-floor addition doubles the size of the library. Floor-to-ceiling windows cut into the exterior brick panels, combined with rooftop light monitors, bring a flood of natural light into the building. Featuring a striking exterior scrim resembling leaves of a book, the redesigned main entry serves as an anchor for a new public exterior space. The interior concept centers on the interplay of light box and jewel box metaphors as it gives functional organization to the floor plan.

    • the library before the renovation and second-floor addition
    • the two-story library has a redesigned facade with a prominent entry and new windows
    • service desks are designed as light boxes to easily guide patrons to information
    • light monitors and glass floor openings bring light into the center of the building
    • the children’s area has whimsical, over-sized furniture
    • Specifications

      Location: Mount Prospect, Illinois

      Type: Renovation/expansion

      Size: 50,000 square feet (renovation); 51,290 square feet (expansion)

    • Awards

      Midwest Construction Magazine Merit Award.

    • Project Contact

      Jack Poling

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

      • Interior Designer / Principal
      • traci@msrdesign.com
      • 612 991 7764
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