McAllen Main Library | Notes of Interest
The primary challenge of reusing an abandoned Walmart building was to create a highly functional, flexible library of 124,500 square feet on a single level. This area is equivalent to nearly two and a half football fields, making the new library the largest single-story library in the United States.
The interior of the abandoned building and new mechanical systems were painted white to form a neutral shell for new patron and service areas, which are designated with color. Primary program areas—including community meeting rooms, the children’s library, adult services, and the staff area—are located in quadrants of the building. This clear organization allows easy wayfinding and patron access from a central service spine, delineated by a patterned wood ceiling that runs the length of the building. A secondary spine in orange bisects the first to further distinguish the public community meeting rooms from the private staff area and the children’s from the adult services areas.
See full article here http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2013/interior-architecture/mcallen-main-library/
Photo Credit © Lara Swimmer
© 2013 The American Institute of Architects