Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library wins national design award from American Institute of Architects
The Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library is a 2006 recipient of the American Institute of Architects' Honor Awards, a prestigious national award that recognizes design excellence.
The innovative building, which also houses the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, was designed by Seattle architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to be environmentally friendly and take advantage of natural light.
The branch has a "green roof" planted with 18,000 low-water-use plants, rooftop solar panels, "notch and tab" furniture designed by the architects to slide together to reduce waste, and artwork created by scientific devices that measure the wind, rain and sun.
The branch, located at 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., opened to the public May 14, 2005. Trained docents lead a tour of the building at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
AIA jurors selected 11 award winners from among 400 entries, according to Architecture Jury Chairman Robert E. Hull from The Miller/Hull Partnership in Seattle.
"In our deliberations and site visits there was the realization of the special qualities, vitality, and importance that great architecture brings to our society," Hull said.
The Ballard Branch is the second Library project to win a national Honor Award from the AIA. Last year, the AIA commended the Central Library for its design excellence. "We're incredibly excited that the AIA has recognized two of our projects," said Deborah L. Jacobs, city librarian. "It's an honor to have one project selected, but it's rare to have two award-winners in the same building program."
The award will be presented to the Library in June at the AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Exposition in Los Angeles.
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Andra Addison, communications director
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