The new Whitehall Library is a 19,500 square foot new branch library located on 3 acres along a main arterial road in a suburban community in Columbus. The building was conceived as a new generation library, going beyond the traditional role as a repository of books and serving as a vital community center, a technological portal to information and a source for lifelong learning. The design goals are simple. The building should be inviting, accessible, transparent, open and flexible. This creates a hyper-legibility where building access, functions and wayfinding are simultaneously evident. The single story, pedestrian-scaled structure is sited along the main thoroughfare to the north. The gentle bow-shape of the building responds to the linear site and emphasizes the center entries. The exterior facades are composed of a series of flat, metal panels and glass storefront with greater transparency at the public spaces to the north and less so at the staff spaces and meeting rooms facing south.
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