New Carrollton, MD
Responding to the dynamic shift of libraries from places of quiet study to vibrant centers of community collaboration, the two-dimensional triangular floor plan transforms into a three-dimensional prism that breaks through the former understated entry, framing the new entrance. Seen from afar, this symbol of enlightenment re-establishes the building as a beacon to the community.
AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Merit Award
AIA Potomac Valley Excellence in Design Merit Award
The library’s interior layout responds to the existing triangular configuration that placed major destinations at each of the three apexes: children’s collection, public meeting rooms, and a lobby and café area. In keeping with the design technique, a shifted secondary grid of collection space and study rooms creates an orderly kaleidoscopic effect, radiating around the central social space.