A rural information node.
As traditional, current, and emerging media hybridize, public libraries must not only adapt for the storage and access of new and combined media types, but also must adapt for the ever-widening base of user-types: they must evolve to become the “modern library.” From the socially-networked to the solace-seeking reader, the John Day Public Library leverages the discrete room to allow each user to find a spot ideally suited for their application. A light and flexible structure facilitates both activity and reflection, helping to bridge the age-old gaps between knowledge storage, access, and application.
Context is everything.
Successful buildings always consider their surroundings in as many ways as possible, including physically, contextually, culturally, and environmentally.
A building that breathes.
When the weather allows, pivoting wall panels can lift open to extend space for larger gatherings, or just let in a little fresh air.
Designing in plan and in section.
While the sinuous walls and roof structure require a sectional perspective for design, the library is designed carefully in plan also, where the ordered spaces don't even hint at the undulating curves above.
A concept model.
A concept model explores the restructuring of a physical book to diagrammatically represent how the information within the pages might be organized and managed in digital form.
The construction of physical models helped to explore the initial design concept, as well as aspects of the habitable spaces. Study models explore structure, intersection, and the surface where the digital components are integrated into the building itself.
A multiplicity of roles and functions.
The importance of a library as a center for community engagement must never be overlooked. By providing quiet reading spaces as well as areas for animated discussion, the John Day Public Library provides a foundation for both chance meetings and planned events, such as a community-building summer movie night in the courtyard.
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