Flowing Wells Library Addition

Flowing Wells Library Addition

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Tucson, Arizona

This addition to the existing library provides a much needed expansion designed to accommodate the evolving needs of the surrounding community and associated growth in staff.

Opening towards views to the Santa Catalina Mountains, the addition houses expanded collections and individual areas for teens and children. At the exterior, a large site-cast concrete beam reflects light back into the space and helps strengthen the Library’s presence along the street frontage. Planes of floor to ceiling glass partition the spaces, allow daylight to filter through, and keep user groups acoustically separated while maintaining visual connections between users and the staff. Large sliding glass panels connect a new multipurpose room to a shaded patio (tempered with exhaust air from the building to help cool the patio during summer months), extending the usability of outside space for library events and gatherings. A new entry and vestibule on the south allows after-hours access to the multipurpose room for community meetings.

Concrete masonry units laid in a stack bond pattern reinforce the horizontality of the existing facility. This masonry coupled with the use of concrete, aluminum and glass provides a durable and timeless facility that will continue to serve the public well into the future.

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