The “flying” butterfly roof form above the central circulation spine gives the design a certain dramatic, iconic imagery that is needed for such an important cultural institution within a community. The library spaces are organized around this linear east-west circulation spine that terminates in a dramatic 26’ double sided stone fireplace and quiet study area to the east. This spine is filled with indirect natural light from an expansive north facing clerestory. Three projecting stone and glass bays frame views of the north landscaping for patrons and provide a space to relax and enjoy the natural elements.
Unique spaces include a large glass enclosed quiet study room with a fireplace, community meeting room, cafe, a large children’s area, dedicated storytime room, a teen space separated with a glass garage door, self service area for hold pickup and checkout, drive-up and book drop service windows, and outreach services including a bookmobile garage.
DELAWARE COUNTY LIBRARY
Primary entrance to library with the cantilevered overhanging canopy. The structure of the building is brought from the inside out - integrating its presence with the landscape.
The primary reading space has a double-height ceiling opening large views to the outside. Moreover, the roof funnels water to this point, and a rain-chain gutter slowly disperses water to the plants below.
The wood structure of the roof 'peels' back allowing for a full length clerestory window. Natural light from above pours into the space allowing for calm soothing light for reading and other direct activities.