I designed this library to become the heart of an urban neighborhood in Eugene, OR. Transparency allows an abundance of natural light. An indoor/outdoor connection creates an open, welcoming, multifunctional space that both grounds and taps into the robust creative character of the surrounding community. Basic materials such as recycled brick and raw rebar are used in unconventional ways to compliment adjacent neighborhood structures.
A beacon inspired the design of the smaller branch building located across an intimate central courtyard. The space is glazed on three public sides, showcasing local artwork exhibited inside to pedestrians. Lit at night, it would exude an ethereal quality; a warm and soothing sense of shelter.
This library is meant to be much more than a book repository. With flowing indoor and outdoor spaces for neighborhood gatherings, art exhibits, concerts, adult literacy and children’s programs, it would be the spark for a neighborhood renaissance, shaping the lives of local families for generations.
Status: School Project
Location: Eugene, OR, US
My Role: Designer