Laurel Branch Library
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PROJECT Laurel Branch Library
LOCATION Laurel, Maryland, United States
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 11/1/2016
ARCHITECT Grimm + Parker Architects
OWNER/CLIENT Prince George's County Memorial Library System
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Nardi Construction, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHER Sam Kittner
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Melanie Hennigan, AIA, LEED AP, Richard Morrison, AIA, LEED AP, Antonio Rebelo, AIA, IIDA, Julia Crawford, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Amy Upton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Agnes Panganiban, LEED AP, Benjamin Plummer, AIA, NCARB, CSI, CDT, LEED AP
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Envisioned as a modern space for discovery and community rather than a repository for print media, Laurel Branch Library embraces its place in the community through transparency — dissolving the barriers between interior and exterior while providing an array of modern educational amenities. At 31,000 sf, its open, intuitive floorplan and comprehensive technology integration along with its pedestrian friendly location make Laurel Branch Library an accessible space for socializing and exploring educational resources. Private study and conference rooms serve as meeting spaces for groups of students and local organizations, and all user groups are valued with their own modern spaces including adult, teen, and children’s reading areas with specially selected, age appropriate features and furnishings.
The liveliest of these spaces is the children’s wing, or “Discovery Island”— an exploration zone intended to encourage early literacy. Children enter via a cave-like opening in a stone wall, emerging onto a lush tropical island where they are greeted by reading nooks tucked into the greenery. Young readers navigate the stacks, following illuminated dinosaur tracks to discover a complete model Nanotyrannus skeleton, encased in the glass floor, and illuminated from within as though recently excavated. The remainder of the tracks lead young readers to another hidden reading nook — this time disguised as a discarded dinosaur ribcage. Utilizing Laurel Branch Library’s transparency to full effect, this nook overlooks an adjoining pathway, linking the library to the newly renovated historic Emancipation Community Park.
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IMAGE CAPTIONS & CREDITS
IMAGE 1 LAUREL LIBRARY_thumbnail, Exterior Entrance, © Sam Kittner/Kittner.com
IMAGE 2 LAUREL LIBRARY_high res, Exterior Entrance, © Sam Kittner/Kittner.com
IMAGE 3 LAUREL LIBRARY_high res int, Circulation Desk, © Sam Kittner/Kittner.com
IMAGE 4 LAUREL LIBRARY_IMG 4, Teen Zone, Yulia Parr
IMAGE 5 LAUREL LIBRARY_IMG 5, Discovery Island, © Sam Kittner/Kittner.com
IMAGE 6 LAUREL LIBRARY_IMG 6, Discovery Island - Reading Nooks, © Sam Kittner/Kittner.com
IMAGE 7 LAUREL LIBRARY_IMG 7, Entrance Lobby - Cafe/Community Area, © Sam Kittner/Kittner.com
IMAGE 8 LAUREL LIBRARY_IMG 8, Exterior, © Sam Kittner/Kittner.com