Libraries are in transition. Once a point of knowledge dissemination and quiet introspection, they are becoming places to meet, socialize, study, hang out and plug in. Historically, we have seen a library’s civic value shift from a place for things, now, to a place for people.

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Its unique nature is that it maintains the tenants of a public service institution, while embracing the increasing proclivity of people to seek environments to carry out activities that blur the line between research, socialization, knowledge-seeking and play.

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The new Northside Library branch aims to capitalize on its distinctive urban nature and the tide of new development behind the libraries of today.

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Currently sitting at a junction of four significant urban vectors in Columbus; the Short North growing north, the University growing south, the Peach District bordering to the west, and Weinland Park to the east. Rather than one single contextual driver, the library is a reflection of this unique junction, and as such celebrates the scale, material and vibrancy of these neighborhoods.

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Project Info :

Architects : NBBJ
Project Year : 2017
Project Area : 25000.0 ft2
Contractor : Turner Construction
Civil Engineer : Korda Engineering
MEP Engineer : Prater Engineering
Artist Installation : Loris Cecchini
Client Columbus : Metropolitan Library
Structural Engineer : Korda Engineering
Manufacturers : Alucobond, Viracon, Belden
Photographs : Chuck Choi, Sean Airhart/NBBJ
Project Location : Columbus, OH, United States
Landscape Architecture Team : NBBJ; Tony Murry, Chris Laster, Ed Mickelson
Architecture Team : NBBJ; AJ Montero, Tracy Perry, Mike Suriano, Alyson Erwin, Britni Stone, Stephen Maher, Scot Walls

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