The library’s powerful and efficient structure ornaments on a low-rise box structure with popular metal and glass architectural options that add natural fluidity and visible desire. The project’s thoughtful strategy was regarded with a 2021 Honor Award from American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kentucky and a 2021 AIA Minnesota Commendation for Excellence in Style and design for Equitable Communities. The library also was showcased in The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design’s 2020 Award winners.
Between the library’s profitable design features, the AIA Kentucky Honor Award jury commented on the large-high quality, uniquely formed components, and the façade’s visual relationship to the eco-friendly space. Shaded by quite a few mature trees, the constructing and web site scheduling also ended up praised as currently being “very sensitive, building fascinating areas that would persuade return visits.”
Matthew Kruntorád, AIA, LEED AP, principal at MSR and architect for the undertaking, credited the function of steel in defining the LFPL Northeast Regional Department. “Metal inconspicuously supports the sweeping curtainwall to empower panoramic views into the landscape,” he shared in a Steel Development News short article. “It provides a fascinating textural pattern that enlivens the opaque parts of the façade.”
RHEINZINK-prePATINA graphite-gray zinc counterbalances the clear anodize of the aluminum window framing, the reflectivity of the transparent glass expanses and the brilliant white roof atop the library, lending gravity and permanence to an otherwise airy making. The natural and organic curves, shaded surfaces and patinated zinc integrate the developing into the wooded park’s rolling landscape.
To generate the distinct zinc-clad façade, close to 9 tons of 24-guage RHEINZINK-prePATINA Graphite Gray had been provided by Oakland Metal Revenue. Rigidized® Metals Corp. fabricated the zinc product into double standing seam panels. A portion of these panels were being embossed by Rigidized working with a exclusive striated overall look to accentuate the refined shade dissimilarities within just the library’s all round texture.