Kevin O'Brien | Architect
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Orange Terrace Library
This project for a public library for the Community of Orange Terrace is the winning scheme for an invited design competition. The competition brief challenged the participants to conceive of a ‘highly sustainable library for the next generation that would serve as a role model for community libraries to follow’.
Located at the heart of a fast growing community in the Riverside area, the site included 360 degree views, proximity to public playfields, and a grade change of approximately fifteen feet. The project program included the library itself, gym, multipurpose room, and support spaces.
Designed to LEED Platinum, sustainable features were integrated throughout the project, inspired by the four themes of earth, wind, fire, and water. Elements such as ventilation towers, large overhangs, and green roofs were designed as highly visible and functional features of the facility to communicate the principles and benefits of sustainable design. The building shapes and low forms are influenced by necessary circulation, solar orientation, prevailing breezes, and views.
The project is separated into two single level structures with an open courtyard between them. The northern structure contains the gym, multi-purpose room, and support spaces. The southern structure contains the library, meeting rooms and support spaces. The buildings are low horizontal structures that are set midway between the parking and field levels, and frame the public path through the site to the playfields beyond.
*While Design Principal with HMC Architects