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Hennepin County Library Maple Grove / MSR Design

  • 00:00 - 3 February, 2011
Hennepin County Library Maple Grove / MSR Design
Hennepin County Library Maple Grove / MSR Design, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    13801-14027 Hwy 10, Maple Grove, MN 55311, USA
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineers

    Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.
  • Structural/Civil Engineers

    BKBM Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Damon Farber Associates
  • General Contractor

    Adolfson & Peterson Construction
  • Area

    40000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Responding to the community’s desire for a gathering space, and seizing the potential of the site, the new Maple Grove Library is designed as a pavilion in a park, connecting residents to information, the outdoors, and the larger community. A seamless building and landscape design fully integrates the library and park, while a lake provides renewable, hydrothermal energy for the building.

© Lara Swimmer Photography
© Lara Swimmer Photography

In the past ten years, Maple Grove has grown to become one of Minnesota’s largest suburbs. The area has evolved from a natural oak savanna and agricultural fields to gravel mines serving the state highway system. This ever-changing landscape of human development resulted in barren land and artificial lakes (leftover from mining activity) as the future site for the library.

© Lara Swimmer Photography
© Lara Swimmer Photography

The design team’s goal was to create a community living space, shaped by knowledge and technology. The design integrates outdoor views and spaces, such as a reading porch, which creates a strong inside-outside relationship and extends the experience beyond the walls of the library.

© Lara Swimmer Photography
© Lara Swimmer Photography

Energy conservation was a driving force in the design. The building was shaped to maximize daylight. An estimated 22.8% energy savings comes from daylight harvesting and another 24% from renewable energy sources. Designed to exceed the Minnesota energy code by more than 40%, the library provides an annual energy savings of more than 1,329,100 kWh. 

© Lara Swimmer Photography
© Lara Swimmer Photography

The building was designed in accordance with the Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond: State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines.

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Cite: "Hennepin County Library Maple Grove / MSR Design" 03 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/109062/hennepin-county-library-maple-grove-meyer-scherer-rockcastle/> ISSN 0719-8884
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