Location Kenmore, Washington
Client King County Library System
AIA Washington Civic Design Awards, Honor Award, 2012
AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Awards, Citation, 2012
AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, Commendation, 2011
Kenmore Library serves a suburban community largely bypassed by recent development in the region. Located in the downtown core––a mix of 1960s retail buildings, abundant surface parking, and busy highway––the library offers much needed community and pedestrian-oriented space.
To accommodate changes in the continuing evolution of library services, the design is flexible, interconnected, and adaptable. There are no fixed structural elements that limit internal organization. The reading room is open and features continuous glazing on the public facades. A delicate and innovative steel tension-rod roof truss system clear-spans the 75’ x 90’ space. Optimum solar orientation and central skylights fill the library with balanced and diffused natural light.
“This is an example of architecture as a catalyst for change; this is a building that inspires and activates its site. The open plan has a very transparent interface between the street, the library, and the garden. It is a modest project with real dignity in its execution.” – 2011 AIA Seattle Honor Awards Jury
A Weinstein AU project. Matt Aalfs: Project Manager / Project Architect / Lead Designer; photos © Lara Swimmer Photography