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Rancho Mirage Public Library

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    • the organic form and materials of the exterior echo the surrounding desert
    • Overview

      “The community is in love with your library. . . . In addition to the excitement about the external appearance, the patrons and visitors are so pleased with the way it works. . . . What a gem you have created.”
      —Dr. Charles Monell, Chair, Library Building Committee,
      Rancho Mirage Public Library

      This new library accommodates a widely diverse demographic population, ranging from more than 50% seniors to the children of the service population. The library includes outdoor program areas for adults and children, an audiovisual services area, and a 350-seat auditorium for programs and events. The design reflects the special environmental conditions of the desert, including provisions for daylight harvesting and control, energy conservation, and drought tolerant landscaping.

    • service areas and help desks are easy to find along a main north-south axis
    • the cafe offers community gathering space and convenient computer access
    • the children’s room is filled with vibrant colors and details that represent the desert
    • the collection, with clerestory windows for daylighting, is surrounded by reading areas
    • large glazed openings provide views of the desert from perimeter reading areas
    • in the amphitheater, custom tiles depicting desert animals recognize library donors
    • Specifications

      Location: Rancho Mirage, California

      Type: New construction

      Size: 45,092 square feet

      Design Architect: MSR

      Executive Architect: Cuningham Group

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

      • Architect / Principal
      • jeffrey@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3223
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      Leanne Larson

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

      • Designer / Senior Associate
      • rhys@msrdesign.com
      • 612 360 0196
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