Burton Barr Central Library
Bruder, William P.
North facade with shading sails, detail; DWL Architects and Will Bruder teamed to design the building, the central library for the Phoenix Public Library system. Ongoing work has been performed by Will Bruder+Partners. The building incorporates a Buckminster Fuller tensegrity structure in its roof and is physically oriented for a display of sunlight alignment on equinox days. The building is five stories; most of the fifth floor is an open, 1-acre (0.40 ha) reading room. The entire building is connected by a five-floor glass-and-steel elevator and stairwell known as the "Crystal Canyon." The footprint of the library is based upon 32 ft. 8 in. square bays, a measurement derived from library stack modules. In 2010, the library received a LEED Existing Buildings Silver 2.0 designation. Source: ArchDaily; http://www.archdaily.com/ (accessed 6/6/2013)
Type of Worklibrary (building)
architecture, contemporary (1960 to present), parks (recreation areas), Sustainable buildings, green architecture, passive solar, Twentieth century
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