Architectural Design – Public Library in Blacksburg, Virginia (Design Competition, 1992)

I developed this project during my graduate studies in architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My studio instructor was the great William Bricken who gave me one of the best creative moments in my life.

There are two unusual things achieved in this design for a library – both working through and for the building’s high spatial qualities:

  1. “Walls of Books” – a library without freestanding stacks – achieved by augmenting the surface of the interior walls through spatial folding and rhythmic articulation of the building’s enclosure.
  2. Visual merging of interior and exterior spaces through large glass walls – very unusual for a library – achieved through careful analysis and design of the way the sunlight interacts with the building’s geometry and site positioning.