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Columbus Metropolitan Library / NBBJ

  • 01:00 - 9 December, 2014
Columbus Metropolitan Library / NBBJ
Columbus Metropolitan Library / NBBJ, © Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart
© Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart

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Text description provided by the architects. The new Driving Park Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library addresses what it means to be a library in the Information Age, while providing an underserved neighborhood with a catalyst for community and positive change.

© Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart
© Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart

Libraries are in transition: once a point of knowledge dissemination and quiet introspection, they are becoming places to meet, socialize, study, hang out and plug in. The new Driving Park Branch turns the library inside-out, placing traditional modes of library patronage — like focused reading — at the center of the building, while social, interactive functions are located along the perimeter, where they benefit from natural light and engagement with the street.

© Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart
© Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart

Because Driving Park was historically known for racing, the project incorporates a “racetrack” concept to organize the different functions, shape the building envelope, and display books and other media. With a transparent street frontage, public meeting rooms, services for neighborhood youth and technology, the Driving Park Branch is not merely a passive provider of information, but also an active participant in connecting community.

© Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart
© Matt Carbone/Sean Airhart

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Cite: "Columbus Metropolitan Library / NBBJ" 09 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/571262/columbus-metropolitan-library-nbbj/> ISSN 0719-8884
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