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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. View more View full description
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