A library project which called Whistler Public Library is completed designed by the Hughes Condon Marler Architects in BC, Canada. The design is intents for the library is to create a crafted response to site conditions and the imperatives of the alpine architecture by using the local materials, contemporary wood detailing and a building response, it is to improve the energy efficiency, which is often characterized by overly expressed connection details and faux alpine pastiche reinterpreting the existing Whistler architecture.
This library project is precisely located between the largest park in Whistler Village and a vital pedestrian promenade which is called the Village Stroll. This project is a project which celebrates a community’s passion for the outdoors and the creative and intellectual pursuits of the locals and visitors alike. This library project is covers an area for about 15, 000 square foot. This library is aspired to connect the sense of the imagination, complementation and the community which is found in the world of books with the inspiration which is related by the surrounding mountain tops and adjacent forest glades. This library construction is planned to form an L-shape, it is allows the multiple connections to contrasting the site conditions. Around this library project is placed a Village Park which is contains a children’s reading circle, pedestrian walkways, biking/skiing greenways and a stream for stormwater management, they are located on the north side of the site. An expansive curtain wall glazing system which is optimizes visual connections to Sport Mountain in the distance and to Village Park in the foreground is provided by the adjacent to the park, the elevations on the north and west of the library. The vertical window mullions are staggered randomly to abstract the rhythm of the tree trunk in the adjacent park and to draw the eye upward toward the views. To connect to the meandering and intimate architecture of the Whistler Village, in juxtaposition to the park elevations, the south and east elevations on the Main Street use the pedestrian arcades, long overhangs, rhythms of doubled up glulam columns which is punctuated with the wood windows and infill wood panels. To enhance these links to the social life and outdoor activities of Whistler, the building is oriented to create a civic plaza that links the building to the Village Stroll and provides a sense of prospect over the park to the north.
From the book is lined wall of the St.Jerome’s study to the soaring computer lined sections of the Seattle Library. The library typology is continually changing and adapting to differing the social conditions and technologies. For this library project, there is a desire to provide the flexibility which new media and the technologies are required but to also carefully consider the relationship between a reader and a book. The reading room of the library is located in the arm of the grand library space, but it is provided with the access to bright west sunlight which is suitable for the response on a cold winter’s day. The wall is a composition of the 40% glazing and 60% insulated wood panels which is reduces the solar heat gain in the summer. This design strategy also allows the patrons to choose a sunny or shady location for their comfortable reading chair and provides a variety of the framed views at the different scales.
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Photography by Martin Tessler