Location Skyway, WA
Client King County Library System
Skyway Library represents the first significant public investment in the Skyway community–an unincorporated, under-served neighborhood–in several decades. The library’s sculptural form responds to its triangular site and to the community’s desire for an inspiring and dynamic public space. The building features a carefully detailed exterior skin whose three shades of blue resonate with the sky at dusk and dawn.
The reading room is open, flexible and filled with daylight. The public “living room” area offers a communal study table made from a repurposed airplane wing and a 20-foot high window wall through which Mount Rainier is visible. The children’s area includes furniture decorated with children’s art and a large skylight lined with color-changing LED lights. A sliding glass wall connects the reading room to a multi-purpose meeting room used for story time and after school programming.
A large public plaza with seating, sculpture and landscaping provides a much-needed civic gathering space used by adults, children and teens, the weekly farmers’ market, voter registration drives, and other community events.
A BuildingWork/Weinstein AU project. Matt Aalfs: Design Principal/ Project Manager; Kate Weiland: Project Architect; photos © Lara Swimmer Photography