Three branch libraries win design awards
The Washington Council of the American Institute of Architects honored three branches of The Seattle Public Library and their architects with 2007 Civic Design Awards at its annual meeting in Seattle in May.
The Civic Design Awards program identifies public projects that are hallmarks of civic design.
The Douglass-Truth Branch and Schacht Aslani Architects received the Honor Award, which is given to projects that embody design excellence, creative risk-taking and problem-solving.
Receiving Merit Awards were the South Park Branch and Johnston Architects, and the Northgate Branch, adjacent community center and park and The Miller/Hull Partnership. Civic projects earn Merit Awards by exemplifying their particular type of civic space.
The Douglass-Truth Branch, originally built in 1914, more than doubled in size to 16,493 square feet when it was expanded as part of the voter-approved "Libraries for All" program. Jurors said the modern addition both respects and challenges society's conception of classicism and integrates the site and landscape in a sensitive and provocative way.
At the new, 5,019-square-foot South Park Branch, jurors cited the use of cedar siding, stucco, vibrant colors, simple forms, and attention to detail, both inside and out, to create a place where people feel welcome.
Jurors praised the new, 10,000-square-foot Northgate Branch, community center and park for creating a center for community interaction and providing ample green space and bordering gardens.
Voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure in 1998. The bond money, which can be used only for construction of libraries, is funding new and improved branches, in addition to the new Central Library.
To date, the Library has completed the new Central Library and the Ballard, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Columbia, Delridge, Douglass-Truth, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood, High Point, International District/Chinatown, Lake City, Montlake, NewHolly, North East, Northgate, Rainier Beach, South Park, Southwest, Wallingford and West Seattle branches. Several other branches are in the construction phase.
The Seattle Public Library Foundation continues to raise funds from private sources to keep pace with the demands of patrons for the most comprehensive and dynamic library facilities and services. Every dollar raised by the Foundation will ensure a level of excellence in the Library's facilities, collections, and programs that would not be possible through its tax-based support alone.
For more information, visit the Library's Web site at www.spl.org.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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