A new atrium and interior structure replaced the original book storage structure inside the north wing of the St. Louis Central Library, renovated by Cannon Design. Photo: © Timothy Hursley
This adaptation involved removing a cramped book storage structure and replacing it with new, more generously proportioned spaces that seem to float within the building's original envelope. Use of glass balustrades throughout this wing, and improvements to glazing on the north wall result in a light open and inviting space.
The St. Louis Central Library also underwent major upgrades to lighting and other building services.
The awards jury comprised Jeanne M. Jackson, FAIA, Chair, VCBO Architecture; John R. Dale, FAIA, Harley Ellis Devereaux; Charles Forrest, Emory University Libraries; Kathleen Imhoff, Library Consultant; J. Stuart Pettitt, AIA, Straub Pettitt Yaste and John F. Szabo, Los Angeles Public Library.
The full list of winning library buildings includes:
Photo: Mark HerbothAnacostia Neighborhood Library, in Washington, D.C.
by The Freelon Group
Photo: © Timothy HursleyCentral Library Renovation, in St. Louis, Missouri
by Cannon Design
Photo: © Michael MoranNew York Public Library Hamilton Grange Teen Center, in New York, New York
by Rice+Lipka Architects
Inside the Hunt Library reading room. Photo: Mark Herboth
Photo: Luis AyalaOak Forest Neighborhood Library, in Houston, Texas
by NAAA + AWI + JRA
Photo: Bill TimmermanSouth Mountain Community Library, in Phoenix, Arizona