District Public Library
Suburban Civic Campus
A rational structural grid based on bookstack dimensions underlies the building’s plan to assure efficient planning in collections areas. The organically shaped perimeter merges the building with surrounding parkland. The building achieved LEED Gold certification through the performance driven design of architectural and mechanical systems.
The community imagined the building as a library in the park.
AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Award
Brick in Architecture Award
The Library opens up as one ascends. A rustic wood canopy leads visitors into the lobby where a sloping wood ceiling opens to the main stair, which is organized around an LED-lit glass tube that extends the full height of the library. The top floor has the character of an aerie, enclosed by custom fritted glass that casts forest-like shadows on Library interiors.