1. The long rectangular complex is designed to fit the nature of the site. The design concept takes a cue from the adjacent Mid Atlantic Ocean environment. The louver pattern on the visitor center is inspired by the patterns of a sea urchin shell; the red and orange rays are the color of sea stars and anemone. The colorful glass balls encapsulated in the south-facing sun screen relate to water creatures such as jellyfish, coral and lobster. The green of the main building is reminiscent of coastal vegetation.
2. The red-louvered visitor/business center at the east end is designed to serve as a landmark that functions as a gateway to the community. The west end of the building serves as both a viewing deck and outdoor reading area and is designed to take advantage of the view of the harbor. The library is perched on stilt-like columns to protect the library from flooding. Lifting the building off the ground plane also allows for ample covered parking.
3. The visitor/business center is detached from the library so when the library is closed, the visitor center can still be open for business. The outdoor walk way between the sun screen wall and glass curtain wall will allow visitors to approach the viewing area without entering the main library. The walkway also acts as a shade structure that blocks summer heat from heating the library’s interior.
4. A long rectangular interior space is designed as an open floor plan making it very flexible and easy to manipulate or divide according to desired use; no partition walls are needed to define the library floor. Three sides of the main library are comprised of glass curtain walls which offer clear views of the harbor, interrupted only by narrow aluminum mullions. The glass curtain walls are operable and allow natural ventilation to occur, lowering cooling costs.
5. The Children's Library section is isolated within the main floor; soundproof glass walls provide safety and visibility, while at the same time isolating sound away from the rest of the library patrons. A generously-sized library lobby immediately adjacent to the entry allows for special events or future expansion; the adjacent circulation desk and reference counter provide control of the lobby and entry area.
6. The south-facing wall has a second layer of perforated sun screen that blocks the harshest rays of the summer sun. The sun screen is made of metal grids sandwiched with colored glass balls to project coloration into the library. The north-facing glass curtain wall is unscreened to maximize the natural indirect northern light entering the building. The east and west glass curtain walls are protected by a louvered canopy structure which provides shade from the early morning and late afternoon sun.
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