US-based architect HKS has unveiled the design for the new Forest Green Library to be built in the city of Dallas, US, which will replace the existing facility built in the 1970s.
Construction of the new facility will allow library staff to roam and provide guidance to patrons using iPads or similar wireless devices, and also allow visitors to use self-service scanners to check out resources in the library.
Instead of having enclosed study rooms, the new library will have collaborative spaces to promote social interaction among readers.
The design of the building will include a bridge that divides the building to segregate the reading room and information commons area from a series of community meeting rooms that can be used by used by community members after library hours.
HKS Education Studio principal Mark VanderVoort said that in today’s world a library is a bridge to information, providing a place to access either tangible or digital information for a wide range of neighbourhood users.
"In doing so, it provides a bridge to knowledge and discovery. The facility also provides a bridge to community and a bridge to social bonds – by creating a place where neighbours can enjoy a common meeting place to learn and work. And, the design provides a bridge to sustainability by treading lightly on the heavily wooded suburban lot it occupies," VanderVoort said.
According to the architects, the circulation spine of the building will offer access to pedestrians who want to enter the building from the street as well as access to those who come by car and arrive at the rear side of the building.
The design also includes a landscaped bio-swale that takes the drained water from the facility to the surrounding area to minimise impact to public infrastructure beyond the site, HKS said.
Organised around a large, open reading room, the building will have glazed exterior on the north side and trellis shaded glass on the south side to provide natural light from both directions.
Reading rooms in the library will be built in a flexible way while the book stacks will be movable, allowing the collection to be relocated and resized when required.
The architects expect the building to secure LEED Gold certification.
Image: The design of the Forest Green Library has been developed around the multidimensional concept of a bridge. Photo:HKS