Capitol Hill Branch Architecture
The new Capitol Hill Branch is the fourth project completed under the "Libraries for All" building program.
The building was designed by Johnston Architects and Cutler Architects and built by Summit Central Construction.
About the building
The building stands in between the hard urban environment of Broadway on Capitol Hill and the densely populated and plant-filled neighborhood to the west. The building's vertical garden, combined with the urban look of the building, show a balance between the two neighborhoods.
To link these neighborhoods, the branch is designed both as a refuge from the high energy of the commercial district, and a quiet living room for an active community. The entry, facing north, reaches out with building features as an invitation to both.
The Capitol Hill Branch's bricks complement the neighboring Anhalt Apartments and larger housing blocks.
Brick walls encase the branch's public spaces. The corners have
The triangular reading room is the heart of the Capitol Hill Branch. North and south walls are glass. The vertical garden appears to pass through the glass, contributing to the sense of sanctuary. Its greenery filters natural light, making the wood and steel triangular roof look as if it floats over the branch's reading room.