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Arabian Library / richärd+bauer

  • 01:00 - 1 May, 2011
Arabian Library / richärd+bauer
Arabian Library / richärd+bauer, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • Architect

    richärd+bauer
  • Mechanical And Plumbing Engineer

    Kunka Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer

    OMB Electrical Engineers
  • Structural Engineer

    Caruso Turley Scott, Inc.
  • Civil Engineer

    PKLAND Engineering
  • Landscape Architect

    EGroup
  • Artist

    Norie Sato
  • Contractor

    Redden Construction
  • Area

    20875.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. The building is a remembrance of the desert slot canyons of northern Arizona and monument valley, capturing the powerful and unique experience between the compressive stone walls and the ultimate release to the sky above. Ever-patient threads of water, sculpting and polishing the massive walls, cut these natural sandstone canyons over millennia. Harder stone and slow water sharply defines vertical slivers while softer stone gives way to wider crevasse.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

The library echoes this powerful natural sequence. An earthen and stone roof is thrust from the desert floor, taking with it the native grasses, shrub and stone texture. Organized about a central court, the building is entered through a “slot canyon” of steel and glass. Walls of weathered steel plate reflect the terra-cotta walls of stone as they lean overhead and fall away from the entry path and open to the sky above. The weathered steel walls of the building support an earthen and stone roof, planted with native vegetation and stone from the site. Two roof gardens will contain desert variety trees and groundcovers’, recalling the surface level vegetation as one descends into the canyon.

A continuous thread of water echo’s the natural erosion of the canyon wall creating the powerful imagery of the building, and eventually pooling in the lower edge of the courtyard. A singular tree is the focus of the space. This centralized court will be used as a pre-function and program spaces for the library and meeting rooms. Two slender “canyon courts” flank the west and south sides of the building, expanding library lounge spaces to the exterior and ultimately opening the building to the sky and desert floor again.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

The LEED Certified building incorporates a subfloor mechanical, electrical and data distribution system, providing long term flexibility in a rapidly changing informational environment. Air stratification techniques minimize the cooling demand on high volume spaces while maximizing patron comfort. The building is lined with perforated hardboard and recycled cotton insulation to accommodate acoustical properties while reinforcing the homogenous notion of the canyon walls. A series of architectural ledges give way to internal clerestories, introducing daylight to the center of the space. The unique program of the library is based on contemporary bookstore concepts, and includes the popular library as well as café and bookstore elements.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman
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38 Comments

Dr. Narendra Choudhry, D.Litt. · January 13, 2014

Dear Sir:

I have a very old library of selected arabic books (about 500) belonging to my grand father. As I am also very old, 84 years, I want to give it to some library, where it will find proper use.

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Design Lithe · January 18, 2012

Richard+Bauer designs are what dreams are made of. This Library is just one of their many notable projects.... http://t.co/sDPqBUKf

?ddaa Banko Kupon · November 28, 2011

I do believe all the ideas you've offered for your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for newbies. Could you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

TheVisualSpot · July 29, 2011

Here is another Arizona great building, very nice materials and feel of the building http://t.co/NIMXZrj

Erica Riva · June 09, 2011

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Hume Internationale · May 03, 2011

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Tiago Tsou · May 03, 2011

Great project. Love the plans!

Studio Rodar · May 03, 2011

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Mark Gardner · May 02, 2011

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scott magic · May 02, 2011

This is one of the best suburban libraries in the Western USA. The detailing is impeccable and the interior is a surprising refuge from the Arizona heat (and suburban sprawl). Great job Kelly & Jim!

scott magic · May 02, 2011

This is one of the best suburban libraries in the Western USA. The detailing is impeccable and the interior is a suprising refuge from the Arizona heat (and suburban sprawl). Great job Kelly & Jim!

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hovaard · May 02, 2011

hmmmm.....i really tried to like this, but i don't. can't find the libraryesque in it.

ariana roberts · May 02, 2011 05:30 AM

same here....i think it's the color. i hate it

al · May 02, 2011

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